“Free Samples“ is a charming new indie film starring a very talented young actress Jess Weixler (Jillian).
Life happens and each person has to make his own decisions.
In Jesses’ confusion about which path in life to follow, she dropped out of Stanford law-school for one semester and placed a hold on her relationship with her fiancé Danny.
Without a plan for the future, Jess began to lose herself in a daily routine of drinking and picking up strange men in bars.
All of this was simply a way of avoiding facing her life.
She was not ready to make a decision.
One day Jess reluctantly agreed to fill in as a server for her friend.
Standing inside the small RV the day seemed dismal and hot.
Jess wanted to be anywhere else other than in the RV.
What can happen while handing out free samples of ice-cream?
The free sample RV attracted a group of neighborhood characters.
Screenwriter Jim Beggarly added annoying and lovable characters to the film.
One-by-one they arrived for their free samples as Jess reacted with sarcasm and annoyance.
This humorous lineup provided Jess with a chance to show her acting abilities.
It was embarrassing when a few of her college girlfriends stopped at the RV.
The contrast between their lives and hers was obvious.
To add to the uncomfortable situation, they told Jess that her former fiancé was traveling to Hawaii to get married.
Danny walked up to the RV to see why his pregnant fiancé was taking so long and was suddenly confronted by Jess.
This chance meeting gave Jess a few minutes to speak to Danny and to realize that she did not love him.
It was a necessary jolt into reality.
Suddenly her life changed and everything fell into place.
Fate has a way of bringing people together and Jess found her answers that day.
It was an epiphany. Jess began her life again with new knowledge.
Another reason to see “Free Samples” was Tippi Hedren (“The Birds) portraying a former movie star. In her 80s, it was a delight seeing Tippi acting again.
The distraction of this day gave Jess time to pause and think.
“Free Samples” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be opening in Los Angeles- June 31, New York- June 7, and later across the United States.
Featuring: Jess Weixler (“The Good Wife”), Jason Ritter (“Parenthood” & “Friends”), Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)