Paint Cans (1994)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Political Satire  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

This Canadian comedy spoofs the government film fund and provides valuable insight to those interested in learning the lingo of bureaucracy. Wick Burns is a government official with all the self-motivation and personality of a robot. His newest project is to find funding for a small art film, "Paint Cans." It was directed by his former film school classmate Vittorio Russo and produced by the oily tongued Neville Lewis. Everyone at the film fund hates this film, but simply saying no is not the bureaucratic way. Instead they try to get other agencies to fund the film. The story also introduces elements of Burn's personal life including his relationship with his disapproving father, and a fledgling romance with Arundel, a journalist he meets in Cannes.



bureaucracy, filmmaker, government, behind-the-scenes, against-the-system