One of the perks of attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2013 was the premiere of The Sidekick. Directed by Michael J. Weithorn, and written by and starring Rob Benedict, Comic-Con was the perfect place for the premiere of this superhero comedy. After the premiere, the audience was treated to a very entertaining panel featuring cast members, and the director. The Sidekick is a short film that tells the story of Max (Rob Benedict), who has been Captain Wonder’s (Ron Livingston) sidekick for 18 years. After a streak of ineptitude, Captain Wonder must let Max go, causing Max to be unemployed. The film focuses on Max’s struggle to find work, as well as a life, after being fired. Fans of the CW show Supernatural will recognize Benedict (Chuck the Prophet) as well as Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel) playing Lucky Lance. Other members of the cast include: Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), and Jason Ritter (Parenthood). Plus, there are a number of other familiar faces in the film.
For a film that runs under half an hour, The Sidekick is not only enjoyable, but feels as satisfying as a feature film by the end. Rob Benedict’s writing, as well as his acting, is very subtle and expressive. The performances of all the characters work perfectly together to keep the story moving. Although the story could possibly lend to going over the top and staying there, The Sidekick manages to pull it back down so we have some very real human moments with Max. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a number of laugh out loud moments in the film, but they are tempered with the very real feelings of a man who has been fired after 18 years of service. So when you get a chance, check out this fun and entertaining little film. Hopefully, the team that made The Sidekick will produce more films, perhaps even a full-length feature.