Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

NO MORE BATHS

 

Year: 1998
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

A fact-based courtroom tale of foulness and injustice in a small town with an audacious legal strategy to put things right. "A Civil Action" with John Travolta? Not quite, although NO MORE BATHS will charm you with its civility, plus its foulness. Kids in Glenwood Springs, Colorado enjoy the best of all possible clubhouses, thanks in part to elderly neighbor Jake, who watches over them. But a few unforunate accidents - and the lucrative redevelopment value off Jake's land - prompt local authorities to hit the old man with code violations and back taxes. When they see their friend in danger of eviction, the children of the community recall the lessons from school about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his steadfast philosophy of nonviolent protest. If what's happening to Jake doesn't pass the smell test, then neither will they! The youngsters begin a bath boycott, refusing to wash themselves until Jake's case is cleaned up. Behind its nose curdling premise, NO MORE BATHS raises a serious stink over matters of dissent, social resposibility, and the leasson that nobody is above the law. We only regret that the CIFF cannot show it in either John Waters' Odor-Rama or Michael Todd's glorious Smell-O-Vision.

Screenplay
Tim Nelson, Forrest S. Baker III

Director
Tim Nelson

Producer
Rick B. Larsen, Jeff T. Miller

Cinematography
T.C. Christensen

Editing
Stephen I. Johnson

Principal Cast
Andreas Michael Lamelas, Jim Mapp, Garrett M. Brown, Haley McCormick, Sydney Walsh, Victoria Jackson.

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