By Matthew Nadu
“Have… you met Ted?” If you haven’t watched “How I Met Your Mother” there’s only one thing you need to know: Neil Patrick Harris a.k.a Barney Stinson, is the ultimate wingman.
Ironic? Sure, but nothing comes between him and his best friend Ted Mosby, architect.
Stan and Jack on the other hand, well, that’s a different scenario all together.“Swooped: Based on a Real Life Occurance” is the tail of two friends, at least on paper, whose relationship can be summed up fairly briefly.
There’s a million girls out there… they just want one.
The comedy starring Shaun Paul Costello as Stan and Joe Gariffo as Jack, is a side stitching adventure based around the true events of a Philadelphia love triangle gone south.
The film was also written and directed by both Costello and Gariffo, a pair of Temple University film students who set out on a quest to make that heralded first movie. What they created was nothing short of fantastic.
After sitting on the shelf for several years, “Swooped” was dusted off and has spent the past several months winning countless film festival awards from Los Angeles to Boston. It’s success has led to several other features including “Booted” with Colin Quinn, the late Ryan Dunn and Philadelphia Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt and is setting Costello and Gariffo up nicely for their next feature a hockey comedy called “The Independents” featuring the likes of Alan Ruck (Spin City, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and several notable Philly A-listers to be announced.
Until then, the duo can be seen with CBS 3’s Ukee Washington on “Talk Philly” March 29th and tonight during a special screening at the Trocodaro along with several local short films “Fantasy Night” and “Run to Win.” Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or at the door.
But you better hurry before someone else swoops in.