Sweaty Betty

On the border of Washington DC, two stories of big dreams take place – a family is determined to turn their 1000 pound pig into the Redskins’ football team mascot, and two teenage fathers scheme a better life for themselves and their children.


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  • ★★★½ review by Dustin Baker on Letterboxd

    Straddles an interesting line between real docs and faux style, incorporating elements of both, but in doing so re-creates an entire portrait of a microcosmical place in the world for a day. It lives and breathes as though you were there yourself, with charismatic people coming and going. The stories are heartfelt and funny, even if it doesn't carry a lot of dramatic heft. The only real rough parts are due to the production audio being quite bad in spots.

  • ★★★★ review by Evan Wang on Letterboxd

    "All we got is tomorrow."

  • ★★★★ review by Bob Castle on Letterboxd

    I heard about this film before I headed out to SXSW. I just loved the description of two young men taking care of their kids and one man trying to make his pig into the Redskin's mascot. It sounded funny and something I wanted to aspire to make.

    I've just seen it and I was impressed. Now granted it's not the best edited film or the best looking film. In fact, it looks like something shot by high schoolers. Unlike high schoolers though, Joe Frank and Zack Reed capture life as it happens. At one point, a pedestrian walks by and talks to the cameraman.

    Many filmmakers try to capture that, but feel as if though they have to insert a plot clumsily into the film. There is no plot in this movie, just daily life. That is something to be celebrated.

  • ★★★★ review by Bernardo Anderson on Letterboxd

    This is a really interesting documentary, I specially liked the juxtaposition of the video and the music. What I liked the most is that this is such an intimate look into the lives or these ordinary citizens with extraordinary dreams.

  • ★★★½ review by 🐰🐰🦉🐰🐰🦉🐰 on Letterboxd

    Can totally relate to Shameless.

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