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The Fez Belcher Show

average rating is 3 out of 5


Jason Knight


Posted on:

Jan 11, 2024

Film Reviews
The Fez Belcher Show
Directed by:
Lindley Farley
Written by:
Lindley Farley
Gregory Adair, Bobbi Owens, Michael Calderon, Christopher Lee, Lisa Bianco

A middle-aged musician tries to overcome a series of obstacles in order to revive his career.


Things are not going very well for Fez (Adair). He is a former punk rock star whose glory days appear to be behind him. He is struggling financially and lives in an apartment in New York City, which he shares with a ventriloquist, a young woman whose father is a powerful lawyer and a martial artist. In order to make ends meet, he does a few gigs here and there, thanks to the assistance of his manager Janie (Owens). Things change when he meets Grant (Lee) a music producer who wants him to make a follow-up to his most successful album. Fez will work hard to enjoy his past success again and attempt to deal with various other complications in his life.


Separated into chapters, this feature is a comedy that is filled with eccentric characters and awkward situations. Fez is a well-meaning guy who often wears a T-shirt with an image of Frankenstein's monster and he dreams of becoming popular again, however he comes across as naive and immature. As he works with Grant, he discovers that he is a dishonest man and some nasty people are after him. Meanwhile, he keeps encountering a former fan of his named Richie (Kristofer Holz), with whom he has uncomfortable experiences. On top of all this, he struggles to maintain his relationship with his partner Ana (Bianco), he gets rid of his manager and things in his household get quite tense when heavies arrive. Poor Fez has to deal with a lot.


The low production value is quite evident, with the quality of the picture not looking good and the audio being poor. However, this does not stop the film from being decent, thanks to Adair's light-hearted performance, some entertaining music and the humour, which creates funny moments throughout. A negative thing would be the fact that approximately two-thirds into the film, things change dramatically and the story goes from being about self-reflection, achieving goals and pursuing new opportunities, to a sort of murder-mystery thriller, although not without the humour. Still, that change in the narrative feels strange and makes the feature overlong, reaching a two-hour-plus duration.


This is a low-budget dark comedy about a person who has reached a low point in their life and they want to go back to being successful. It is too long, however the plot and jokes are enough to make this a good viewing.

About the Film Critic
Jason Knight
Jason Knight
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