BRIAN AND CHARLES – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Brian and Charles: If you build it, you must let it go.

For a change of pace, there’s a quirky British buddy comedy that has come across the pond for all of us to see and enjoy. It’s called Brian and Charles. Think of it as The Office with the Monty Python cast of characters inhabiting the cubicles. It’s a super silly Young Frankenstein.

Brian, a lonely inventor living in the Welsh countryside, decides to build himself a robot out of the trash he found in the neighborhood rubbish cans. Calling him Charles, he’s no Abby Normal, but an artificially intelligent hunk of scrap metal with a mannequin head and a washing machine body.

The two become fast friends, but soon Charles learns there’s more to this Life of Brian. Like a child growing up, he wants to meet some mates, see the town and the world. And Brian, like any patent, has to learn to let him go.

Brian and Charles is written by David Earl and Chris Haywood who play Brian and Charles, respectively. It’s based on a 2017 short feature that played SXSW.

Brian and Charles is about relationships, getting out of your comfort zone and overcoming obstacles. It’s a cheeky and charming mockumentary that will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings. Stay through the credits for a little robot rap.

You can visit Brian and Charles for your summer vacation…without needing a passport. It’s like taffeta, darling, taffeta. Brian and Charles gets a 7 out of 10.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.