Synopsis by Mark Deming
Vermont-based independent filmmaker John O'Brien offers a witty look at a mild case of culture shock in this low-key comedy. Natalie (Natalie Picoe) and Richard (Richard Snee) are a couple who've decided to leave behind their hectic lives in Manhattan for the pleasures of life in a small town in Vermont. Moving into a beautifully restored old building that is a bit more luxurious than most of the other dwellings in town, Natalie and Richard are settling into their new home when they're visited by three local citizens -- George (George Lyford), Fred (Fred Tuttle), and Vida (Vida Martin) -- who are to inspect the house for the tax assessors office. While Natalie finds herself quite taken with her new neighbors, especially George, Richard finds it a bit disconcerting that nothing in the house is regarded as too private to be examined. As Natalie and George become good friends despite their differences, Richard becomes the focus of local gossip from folks who aren't sure what to make of the rich folks from the city who have arrived in their community. Nosey Parker was screened as part of the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival.