starring Bill Crossland, Francesca Carpanini, Isabella Pisacane, Johnathan Fernandez
screenplay by Bill Crossland & Patrick Morris
directed by Bill Crossland
by Angelo Muredda Disabled men finally get that '80s-tinged coming-of-age dramedy they ordered in Bill Crossland's Catching Up, which feels at once like a hyper-niche genre exercise and something a bit too user-friendly for the masses to really say what it needs to say about its subjects' sexual hang-ups. Appropriately, given the light representational twist of the premise and the title's suggestion of something overdue, the film's protagonist, Frank (played by Crossland, who also co-wrote the script with Patrick Morris and co-conceived the project with Mindy Beach), isn't a high-school student on the verge of adulthood but rather a teacher, albeit one who still lives at home with his parents, who relate to him as both caretakers and friends. Along with Crossland's uniquely specific casting--to the chagrin of this disabled writer and probably the filmmaker, too, it's still a novelty to see a physically disabled actor playing a physically disabled character, let alone one they've written and directed--that quirk in the narrative trajectory makes Catching Up pretty novel despite its less convincing efforts to court a wider audience.