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Portrait (2004)

Esther is an overweight, junk food addicted office lady who is constantly mistreated by her fellow co-workers until one day her life (and body) is transformed when her portrait is taken by an unknown photographer named Bud.


Jordan Scott


David Carter, Eric Frost (story) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview:
Amanda Detmer ... Esther
Jacqueline Anderson ... Erica
Minnie Driver ... Donna
Sabra Miller ... Caroline
Rebecca Beluk Rebecca Beluk ... Answering Machine Caller
Jeff Hahn ... Fun Run Guy
Reggie Currelley ... Mike
Fran McGivern Fran McGivern ... Narrator


Esther is beautiful beneath the surface, in an office where the surface is all that matters. Plus she has brains and about 100 extra pounds. Her nasty, brutish, and tall colleagues (Donna, Caroline, and Erica) make fun of her even as they depend on her knowledge. One day, she excitedly offers to show them a portrait she's had taken by Bud, of "Bud's Glamour Shots," who had spammed the office with an e-mail promising a picture that will reveal her true inner self. Cut to Esther, driving home in tears. That night she sleeps with the portrait near the bed and awakes to discover something extraordinary. When the three harpies see the result, will they book a session with Bud? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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This was the first film released as part of Amazon Theater, "a series of five original short films available exclusively at Amazon.com as a free gift to our customers." It became available for viewing on 9 November 2004. Each film featured and then listed products in the credits that could be purchased at the site. The films were sponsored by Chase, issuer of the Amazon Platinum Visa Card. See more »

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Product Placement Grows Up
18 November 2004 | by ktrain-1See all my reviews

Regardless of the content of these newest releases from Amazon.com, I cannot help but be fascinated by the format of these short films.

So, you ask, what is so exciting about these mediocre productions? Just wait until the credits start to roll. Here we see product placement at its finest. Products finally take their rightful places alongside actors as characters in the cast. Actors' names are hot-linked to their IMDb pages and each product is linked to its Amazon page. This, my friends, is the future of TiVo and DVD.

I knew that someday we screen-agers would see the seamless integration of television, computers and consumption. This is a huge first step, and while the idea is somewhat intimidating, I personally can't wait!

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