24 Hours on Craigslist

Rated NR 76 minutes 2005

In many ways, Craigslist the movie is like Craigslist the website: genial, non-judgmental, copious, quirky, human, and utterly decentralized. Also like the website, the film opts for breadth instead of depth, choosing to introduce dozens of characters, from dozens of postings, rather than delving deeply into any single one. There's a man who does a drag act as Ethel Merman and a young Chinese painter who sexualizes the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There's a rent-a-husband, a gay porn actor, and a "420 nurse" who makes house calls. These are, of course, our friends and neighbors, and the film appreciates them as much as we do. But to what end? 24 Hours' breadth reflects the nature of the site, and it gives us a sense of the community's diversity. But there's a price, which is drama. With one heartbreaking exception, which isn't given much notice, it's all breezy and light, worthy of a warm chuckle but not much else.

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Official Site: www.24hoursoncraigslist.com

Director: Michael Ferris Gibson

Cast: Rachel Berney, Holly Dalton, Darleen Hollis and Tina McRee

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