‘Small Engine Repair’ Dwells on The Things We Cannot Fix
Frank Romanowski is an alcoholic with a temper. However, he gave up drinking and largely managed to wrangle his temper for his toddler daughter Crystal. Alongside his two childhood friends Terrance Swaino and Packie Hanrahan, he raised her to a foul-mouthed, intelligent, artistic, ambitious young woman.
There is one moment that stands out like a gleefully violent sore thumb. Without spoiling it, however, I can say the film accounts for it fairly quickly.
The film is also fitfully capable of genuinely poetic scenes, probably the most obvious sign of its stage origins. Especially affecting is Frank telling his friends about a date with a single mom that ends on a bittersweet note.
Small Engine Repair is set to release starting September 10th.