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Perps Review

April 23, 2020 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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Perps Review

Tamas Nadas– Tamas
Lou Ferrigno– Lou Ferrigno
Kenneth McGlothin– Officer Diego
John Kaler– John
Madi Frost– Officer Joy
Krista Bradley– Maria

Directed by Alejandro Montoya Marin
Screenplay by Alejandro Montoya Marin

Produced by Busy Day Productions, EQ Productions, and Whippersnapper Productions

Not Rated
Runtime– 9 minutes 40 seconds


Perps, written and directed by Alejandro Montoya Marin, stars Tamas Nadas and John Kaler as Tamas and John, two stoner buddies who, after getting caught smoking a joint outside of a movie theatre, get arrested by a super disturbed cop (Officer Diego, played by Kenneth McGlothin). Officer Diego is distraught that his ex-girlfriend Maria (Krista Bradley) has a new romantic interest and he just can’t handle it. Scared of going to jail, John makes a deal with Officer Diego where Tamas, a black belt martial artist, will beat up Maria’s new boyfriend so Diego can then arrest Tamas, save the day, and look good in front of Maria. Well, that’s the thought, anyway. Tamas isn’t too keen on the scheme (nor is Diego’s partner Officer Joy, played by Madi Frost), but Tamas doesn’t want to go to jail so he agrees to do it. When they all arrive at Maria’s house, Tamas and John find out that Maria’s new beau is an actor. At that moment Tamas figures that taking out this actor will be easy because actors are more interested in how they look as opposed to actually being able to do something. And then a moment later, Tamas and John find out that the actor in question is the Lou Ferrigno.

Lou Ferrigno? The goddamn Incredible Hulk? How the hell is Tamas or, really, anyone, supposed to take out the Hulk?

Perps is a slick, well-made, and funny as hell comedy short film. It moves along briskly, is kind of goofy but never outright ridiculous, and features a top notch, incredibly likeable cast. The only real issue with the movie is that it’s too short. When it’s over you will wish that it went on for another ten or twenty minutes because you not only want to see what happens next, but you also want to spend more time with these characters. Where do they go next? What do they do next?


Tamas Nadas and John Kaler are a terrific duo. They have easy chemistry and you totally buy that they’re best friends. Nadas, a legit badass martial artist, gets to show off some of his killer karate and comedy skills in a hilarious montage training sequence where we see him break boards, eviscerate a piñata, and completely destroy a pillow. And Kaler does a great job playing the smart but also kind of stupid sidekick as John.

Kenneth McGlothin is a batshit force of nature as Officer Diego. When you first see him you have no idea what the hell is going on with him. Is he crazy? When you find out that he’s just upset about his ex-girlfriend you start to feel for him because the man is clearly under a lot of emotional stress. You don’t condone his flagrant use of bear mace on Tamas but you understand why he’s so out of it. The man is having a seriously bad day. And Madi Frost does a good job just trying to get through her shift without too much nonsense as Officer Joy. She doesn’t really succeed at avoiding nonsense, but you like her for trying.

As for Lou Ferrigno? He sure as hell knows how to play a man you don’t want to mess with. You will laugh.


Perps is currently available on YouTube (you can check it out below). It’s well worth your time. And, heck, it’s not even ten minutes long. You can spare ten minutes.

Watch Perps. Watch it, watch it, watch it!

So what do we have here?

Dead bodies: 0

Explosions: 0

Nudity?: None.

Doobage: Public marijuana joint smoking, an emotionally distraught cop, off screen arrest, multiple shots of bear mace to the face, a sort of training montage, wooden board breaking, attempted wooden board breaking, brick smashing, piñata killing, board kicking, pillow ripping, car kicking, car alarm hooey, a very one-sided front yard confrontation, face punching, candy cane Christmas decoration to the face, Taser hooey, and a probable arrest.

Kim Richards?: None.

Gratuitous: “Coming Attractions” music, Tamas Nadas, multiple instances of the Godzilla roar on the soundtrack, “Scorpio’s Theme” from Dirty Harry, Lou Ferrigno, Lou Ferrigno swearing, and Christmas decorations.

Best lines: “Wow, what a piece of shit film,” “Hey, man, you’re destroying your car,” “I have a prescription?,” “Hey! Keep it down back there or I swear to God I’ll hit you right in the eye with some bear mace!,” “The officer was crying,” “Officer Diego, we can probably take care of it for you,” “So, do we have a deal? No! This is a horrible deal! You got yourself a deal,” “This is so dumb,” “What the fuck are you doing to my car? What the fuck?,” “Holy shit! The Hulk just knocked him out cold!,” and “Don’t worry, ma’am, the cops are here.”

The final score: review Virtually Perfect
The 411
Perps is a wonderful new comedy short film from writer/director Alejandro Montoya Marin. It’s slick, well-made, and features a top notch cast including legit martial arts badass Tamas Nadas and the great Lou Ferrigno. You will wish it went on longer than ten minutes because you’ll want to spend more time with these characters. Watch Perps. Watch it, watch it, watch it!

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