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Fat Monroe

Explore the impact of an enigmatic encounter in this comedic gem from the early 90s.


Andrew Garrison’s short comedy drama, ‘Fat Monroe’, adapted from Gurney Norman’s short story, navigates the intricate relationship between young Wilgus Collier (William Johnson) and the enigmatic Fat Monroe (Ned Beatty). As Wilgus embarks on his journey home, he encounters Monroe, whose peculiar personality and antics challenge the boy’s perceptions of the world and the adults within it. Many viewers will resonate with the frustration of navigating adult sarcasm during childhood, making the narrative universally relatable.

Released in the early 1990s on 16mm film, ‘Fat Monroe’ exudes a nostalgic charm while remaining timeless in its narrative depth. Both Johnson and Beatty deliver captivating performances, with Beatty’s portrayal of the flawed Monroe standing out for its outlandish yet compelling nature. However, it’s Johnson’s endearing and relatable portrayal of Wilgus that steals the show, drawing audiences into the young boy’s emotional journey.

Nancy Schreiber’s cinematography adds depth and texture to the story, enhancing the film’s visual appeal and emotional resonance. The inclusion of an exploratory interview with writer Gurney Norman as a bonus feature adds an extra layer of insight into the creative process behind the adaptation.

‘Fat Monroe’ is a testament to the power of storytelling, offering a thought-provoking exploration of childhood innocence, adult complexities, and the nuances of human connection. In just 11 minutes, Garrison crafts a compelling narrative that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll, making it a must-watch for fans of nuanced storytelling and heartfelt performances.

Fat Monroe Short Film


Runtime: 11 min
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