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

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. 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 streaming on Radio Brave. 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 live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.