In this crime drama, an egg and pork chop are cops looking for justice since there is a murderer killing eggs by the dozen.


Director(s) Peter Sluszka
Screenplay By Peter Sluszka
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) 6/14/2022
Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Animation
Duration 27 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Harry Edd Hall
Calaham Joey Wells
Knishnover Mark Mintz

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Film Summary

Harry and Calaham, cops, have notoriety for closing many cases, but their violent and grandeur ways force their commissioner, Knishnover, to put them on ice. However, with eggs being murdered and their whites extracted, neither Harry nor Calaham can settle for a desk job when a top-tier case is before them.

Things To Note

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Cursing (Yup), Violence (Gun Violence, murder, maiming), Sexual Content (Food Porn), Miscellaneous (Drug and alcohol use)

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Harry

Harry, the former partner of Humpty Dumpty, has had a hard time since his old partner cracked, and while Calaham is just what the chef ordered, he sometimes enables the worst in Harry.

Calaham

Outlandish, sexual, and always pissing Knishnover off, Calaham is undeniable a good cop when it comes to taking down the bad guy, but with Harry? He is a PR nightmare that balances out the good with excuses, apologies, and required clean-up.

Knishnover

The commissioner for the local police, Knishnover, similar to Captain Howard of the “Bad Boys” franchise, always seems one word from blowing up on his team, Calaham especially, who tap dances on his nerves.

Review

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Highlights

How Fleshed Out The World Is

In 27 minutes, Harry and Calahan’s world is amazingly fleshed out. From billboards to various parts of the city they live in having a distinct look, you feel like you’ve been dropped into a lived-in place where future entries could go so much deeper into. On top of that, with each character introduced, there is a new story, a new life lived, and you craving to know how they ended up a pimp, a homeless singer, a mobster, and more.

It’s a giant tease, and you’re left feeling like you just had a sample platter.

On The Fence

Less Is More

While enticing, unfortunately, one of the things you may feel the need to hold against “Hardboiled” is that to be shocking and drive the comedy hard, it goes a little over the top with its sex and violence. The violence, especially, loses its effect quickly as you are desensitized to squished berries, eggs having their insides splattered, and drinks spilling over.

Now, this isn’t to say it takes you out of the short, but it does make you wish when media like this is made, they would hold something back, so there could be some kind of shock value beyond the first few minutes. Rather than dump the violence and sex upfront as the hook and seemingly undervalue all else it has going for it to keep viewers watching.

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On The Radar


Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

Special Categories/ Tags

  • Indie: By our definition, independent films are films you have to seek to find due to limited availability or lack of a marketing push.
  • Film Festival: Featured in this tag are films and shorts which were discovered thanks to various film festivals, so some of the productions may not have wide availability but still may deserve to be on your watch.
  • Shorts: Be it ten or fifteen minutes, or a half-hour, these quick teases or films get right to the point, often show the potential of filmmakers and the actors who have joined them in their journey.
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Calaham (Joey Wells) and Harry (Edd Hall) being chastised by Knishnover
Hardboiled (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
While "Hardboiled" unfortunately does as most media does which has violence and sexuality, in terms of using it gratuitously, luckily, it isn't a means to compensate for its characters, story, or the world built.
Highlights
How Fleshed Out The World Is
Disputable
Less Is More
82


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