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The Big Shot-Caller
A socially awkward, severely nearsighted accountant rediscovers his childhood love of salsa dancing after losing his job and reclaiming his self-esteem. When Jamie Lesser (David Rhein) was just a young boy, Strictly Ballroom was his favorite movie. Years later, Jamie's childhood dreams of becoming a salsa dancer have smoldered, and his love life is in shambles. Turning to his street-smart, hip-hop-dancing sister, Lianne (Marlene Rhein), for advice, Jamie is inspired to hit the dance floor and become the man he was truly meant to be.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is hard to see how "The Big Shot-Caller" will catch fire with audiences. From its awkward, ambiguous title to its lack of charismatic performers, this minor drama doesn't have many commercial prospects."
‑ Eric Monder, Hollywood Reporter
"This minuscule indie variation of Saturday Night Fever moves only in fits and starts."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A methodical and thoughtful film that provides food for thought but will be too slow for most audiences."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Yet another entry about a lonely person discovering him or herself through dance. Though bittersweet and nicely made, Marlene Rhein's feature offers nothing new."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Family togetherness goes only so far. Witness The Big Shot-Caller, a lackluster soaper written and directed by Marlene Rhein, who stars with her brother, David Rhein. (They portray brother and sister, no less.)"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the pic...doesn't come off strictly amateur."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"This film, about a wallflower that finds himself through Salsa dancing, warrants a short-not a feature film."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Hallmark Channel formula is about all there is of a plot, and the leads are horrendously miscast"
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"You have to wonder about a debut this self-involved: What's left for the second film?"
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Shot-Caller is more of a kissin' cousin to Napoleon Dynamite, with delayed, deadpan performance beats that crackle with dried irony and deliberate oddity, performed by a cast of amateurs."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"An absolutely-appealing little gem of an indie, leaving this critic curious to see whether Ms. Rhein's sophomore offering will be anywhere near as satisfying."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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