NBFF Recommendations of the Day: Fool's Day, Facing Fear and Sons of Africa

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Fool's Day
An April Fool's Day prank on their teacher goes horribly wrong for these fourth graders.
As this is being written--which, in the interest of full disclosure, is a day when I plan to see two more comedies at the Newport Beach Film Festival--a 19-minute short written by the sons of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and directed by one of them is the most hilarious thing I've seen this year.

That's not just the funniest thing at the festival but the funniest on any movie screen, television, the Interwebs, in my waking life and in my sick dreams.

Speaking of sick, and Twisted Sister, yes: Fool's Day is very, very sick and twisted, sister. Which means you'll love it! A fourth grade class pulls a prank on their teacher that goes horribly, horribly, oh so horribly wrong. I mean more horribly wrong than the time the shy girl in my fourth grade class could not make it out of the classroom in time and had to squat and pee in a waste paper basket in front of all of us. Worse than Kardashian wrong, I'm talking about here.

Anyway, the inspired comedy that comes from Cody Blue Snider and his co-writer Shane Snider centers on the children trying to cover up what went ... people, let me just reiterate ... so very wrong before their fulla himself D.A.R.E. officer arrives for his weekly visit.

I've given away too much already, so let me just add Cody and Shane's dad makes a brief cameo and look for the fat kid in the background in one scene wiping his face on the schoolyard grass. That made me change my Depends. OK, that's it. Except for this: While their are several children in the production, you won't want to take any that age or younger to this screening, which is part of the Our Short Senses program of short films. (8:30 p.m. at The Triangle in Costa Mesa)

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