About as pointless as a film can get, Boxing Time is 65 minutes of a boxing promoter named Art (played by director Evan Jacobs) talking on his phone. He tries to convince his wife to allow him to talk to his daughter. He talks to the boxing commissioner, who is being a real pain about the upcoming fight. He talks to people who want to fix the fight. Art talks and talks. Usually, only his side of the conversation is shown and the movie doesn’t even show us the boxing match that everyone is so worked up about. After all the build up, the movie cheats the audience by not letting them watch the main event.
It’s set up as a found footage film with a title card explaining that Art was filming himself because he had been diagnosed as having a paranoid personality disorder and that the footage comes from the last month of Art’s life. Despite knowing that we’re watching the last days of a doomed man, it’s hard to care about Art. He’s not a sympathetic character and watching him talk on the phone for 65 minutes is about as much fun as watching anyone talk on the phone for 65 minutes. Boxing Time (also known as #boxingtime because why not?) is an extended acting exercise that ends up lying flat on the canvas.
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