Directed by: April Schroer
Starring: Timothy J. Cox, Joseph Di Stefano, Monica Servellon, Ryan Moore
Sky’s the Limit is a short gentle drama which centers on recently widowed Jason (Timothy J. Cox) who is trying to fill the void and sadness in his life by finding a new love through internet dating. He seems so self-absorbed in his task of finding a new relationship that he’s failed to notice how distant he has become from his young son Frankie (Joseph Di Stefano) and as a result their relationship is suffering.
As the story quickly unfolds we see that Jason has been so obsessed with dating and finding love that he doesn’t notice Frankie’s needs and how desperately he’s trying to get his attention. Then the course of Jason’s evening changes when the babysitter cancels on him and he has no choice but to take Frankie on his date that evening. Frankie, feeling ecstatic at being included in his father’s life, uses this opportunity to play a fantasy game with Jason which involves them being knights of the Sky Kingdom who must save everyone from the Storm and his army. However, instead of using this opportunity to bond with his son, Jason fails to understand what Frankie needs from him and the game ends pretty abruptly.
It only begins to dawn on Jason later when he takes Frankie on his disastrous first date with Kaitlin (Monica Servellon), who met through online dating, how he has neglected his young son and before it’s too late to start connecting with him and to nurture the most relationship in his life.
This is pretty much a simple narrative told in a down to earth style, the actors do well with what they’ve been given, although some parts did come across as slightly stilted, but this could be rather the style of directing rather than the fault of the actors. Cox brings his usual professionalism to his role as Jason and effortlessly manages to show the audience his sadness in missing his wife, desperate in wanting to fill the void but unconsciously neglecting the most important relationship in his life.
Verdict: While this may not be a smooth film to watch, it does manage to successfully convey its message that although we all handle loss differently that maybe the best way to heal is by turning to the ones closest to us and cherishing those relationships.