2BPerfectlyHonest is a quirky comedy that revels in showing how New York can reward eager entrepreneurs -- or squash them. Writer-director Randel Cole adds an existential twist to the world of commerce and pipe dreams with his insightful feature debut. Frank (Adam Trese), a straight-shooter businessman and bachelor, owns an ad agency with his neo-hippie partner Josh (Andrew McCarthy). After the agency folds, Frank is forced to move to his parents' house in the suburbs and Josh must face the reality of doing the unthinkable -- getting a real job. Frank leaves the house each day to maintain the lie that he still has a job, but he really hangs out with his Zen master friend Sal (John Turturro), who owns the local chess store. As they play chess, Sal gives Frank life advice, including telling him to see his psychic she-wizard friend Emily. Frank soon comes up with a new business idea, WebBoards, and convinces a reluctant Josh to join him. The two find funding with a sewage investor trying to branch out and business booms, but Josh has reservations about their investors and both he and Frank must come to a moral decision about their futures. Told via Josh as a bedtime tale for his son, the mix of flashback, narration, real and unreal storytelling, provides a fresh narrative complement to this smart and inspiring film.
Director's Statement Collapse
When irrational exuberance replaced "purpose of life" a few years ago, I looked around and wondered what will happen to all the people chasing bubbles. Would they continue living fast with little hope of finding a soul? When I sat down to write 2BPerfectlyHonest, it first formed its shape as a whiz-kid story that spins out of control. By the time I was on my twelfth draft, I had refined the story into one of a universal theme about finding a sense of self. While I intentionally wrote the story in a comedic vein, within the humor lurks tragedy. The screenplay, with its layered reality and lack of formulistic triggers, did not excite easy money. And so I was not surprised by the rejections, or that more than one person thought my idea stupid. While people who know me know that I am not swayed by majority views, or even the word "no," I confess that there were some moments when I considered shelving the screenplay and instead opening a gourmet hot dog stand. But it was also at those moments that I reminded myself of two important points that are part of any successful artistic, entrepreneurial, or scientific undertaking: the first is that no one knows where the next Microsoft or My Big Fat Greek Wedding will come from, and the second is that all original work, whether it's good or bad, or whether it ultimately succeeds or fails, always starts with a stupid idea. The Wright Brothers had a stupid idea, and Edison had several. The trick though is to convince others that your idea is not really stupid--which is always a formidable challenge. Fortunately there are still those of us who believe in, and support, stupid ideas.
About the Director(s)Collapse
An eight-year-old Randel Cole received his first camera from his father, and at 14 built a basement dark room. After graduation from Boston University's film program, he taught filmmaking at Emerson College, earning a Master's Degree in Television Production, and won the television award for Outstanding Entertainment from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his graduate thesis. In 1981, as writer/director in the Boston-based Rampion Visual Productions, he won a Silver and Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Film Festival, a Monitor Award, a Creative Excellence Award, and a Silver Medallion from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. Cole coproduced his brother's film, OK Garage (1998), and in 1999 he was accepted into the American Film Institute's Advanced Summer Writing Program. His screenplay A La Carte, currently in development, was a finalist in the Chesterfield Screenplay Competition. 2BPerfectlyHonest is Cole's first directorial feature.