(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

In THE BETA TEST, the main character is the sort of over-charged Hollywood agent we have seen before, except even more so. The main character treats everyone he knows the same infuriating way, and that saves him the effort of trying to understand any of the people he is dealing with. Then he receives a strange letter inviting him to an anonymous sexual encounter, and his frantic personality becomes even more so, as he attempts to deal with the web ensnaring him. In many ways this is reminiscent of EYES WIDE SHUT, and indeed the filmmakers have just done a live reading of the Stanley Kubrick classic.

Released theatrically 11/05/21; available on various streaming services. Rating: high +1 (-4 to +4), or 6/10.

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