Following the death of a common friend, Gary, Jeremy, Michael, Harold, and Sherry all gather at his house for a long weekend of repairs and catching up on the good old days. However, all is not well among them. Jeremy discovers that he still love Sherry, his former girlfriend, even though his current girlfriend is staying with them. Michael is guarding a dark secret from his past. Gary and Harold’s wife constantly clash over his Jewish background and his atheist beliefs. In the end, they will have to come to grips their hidden secrets in order to face the future.
Production Quality (0 points)
There is literally nothing good to say about this film’s production quality. The video is grainy and the sound quality is all over the place. The camera work is unprofessional. Everything about the production has a very cheap identity. The sets are severely limited, mostly taking place inside one house or on its roof (yes, seriously). The editing is terrible, but it’s not like there was much to work with. Roof repair scenes, standing around and talking scenes, and thrift store dress-up scenes litter the landscape. But nothing can beat David A. R. White mouthing a Building 429 song and pretending like he’s singing it. As previously mentioned, there is nothing positive here.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
There is only one positive element to discuss from this entire film, and that is its slightly interesting exploration of the various types of secret sins many Christians harbor. Otherwise, the remainder of this film is utter nonsense. The dialogue is almost written purposely ridiculous. One character is an over-the-top, obnoxious, legalistic Christian who is the only one, in her mind, who can interpret the Bible properly. It would be funny if it wasn’t so unwatchable. The atheist character is equally annoying. Other dialogue is absurd and overly obvious, shoving issues down viewers’ throats. There is also no clear plotline to this movie except for repairing a roof, hanging around talking and arguing on various controversial topics, reminiscing about the good old days, playing dress-up in a thrift store, and pretending to sing in a cheap restaurant. Any good intentions there were in making this movie are buried beneath a mound of insanity.
Acting Quality (0 points)
No acting coaching is employed in Hidden Secrets. Actors and actresses are allowed to basically run wild with the material with no quality control. Line delivery is forceful—several actors and actresses are clearly trying to draw attention to themselves. Emotions are also extreme and unbelievable. Once again, there is nothing good to say here.
There is a base idea in Hidden Secrets that should have been given to another film. Unfortunately, Carey Scott, Sean Paul Murphy, and Timothy Ratajczak have not demonstrated that they are good stewards of movie ideas. To make this sort of movie shows one of three things—they either do not care about making quality movies, they do not fully know how to make quality movies, or they are purposely making low quality movies. What type of audience is supposed to derive meaning from this sort of movie? For many reasons, this movie receives a very low score.
Final Rating: .5 out of 10 points