Skills Like This (2007)


Skills Like This (2007)

Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that larceny might be his best skill.
IMDb  6.1 /10
Metacritic   44%
Director Monty Miranda
Writer Gabriel Tigerman
Writer Spencer Berger
Release Date2009-03-20
Runtime1h 28mins
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards5 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyDewey-Obenchain Films, Elsboy Entertainment, Suntaur Entertainment Company
Kerry Knuppe
Kerry Knuppe
Uncle Morris
Cousin Jeramiah
Onion Dance Player (as Danielle Renee)
Girl on playground
Bret Bertholf
Bret Bertholf
Lead Singer
Brett Billings
Brett Billings
Band Member
Paige Black
Paige Black
Girl on Bridge
Tom Borrillo
Tom Borrillo
Italian Waiter
Charlee Chiv
Charlee Chiv
Young Japanese Badass

Skills like This

Skills like This is a 2007 comedy film directed by Monty Miranda, written by Spencer Berger and distributed by Shadow Distribution released theatrically on March 20, 2009. The DVD released on November 17, 2009 and the Premium Cable premiere on Starz and Starz On Demand 1.1. 2010. It stars Berger, Gabriel Tigerman, Kerry Knuppe and Brian D. Phelan.


  • SXSW Film Festival "Best narrative feature audience award"
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival "Best of the fest"
  • Warsaw International Film Festival "Free spirit" - Special Jury Award Nomination
  • Jacksonville Film Festival "Jury prize award for BestUSA feature narrative"


  • Spencer Berger as Max Solomon
  • Brian D. Phelan as Tommy
  • Gabriel Tigerman as Dave
  • Kerry Knuppe as Lucy
  • Jennifer Batter as Lauren


Spencer Berger both wrote and acts in the film. It was directed by first-time film director Monty Miranda, who previously directed television commercials, short films and created a TV series

The movie was shot in Denver, Colorado. Principal photography was completed in 17 days.

In addition to highlighting Denver, Colorado's eclectic music scene, Skills Like This is an entirely Colorado based production. Skills Like This is the first feature-length film produced in Colorado, by Colorado filmmakers to be picked up for North American theatrical distribution.


The film won the award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest film festival. The film won the "Best of Fest" distinction at the Edinburgh International Film Festival The film won the "Jury Prize for Best USA Feature Film" at Jacksonville Film Festival

Skills Like This screened worldwide on the film festival circuit prior to its American theatrical release by Shadow Distribution in 2009. The film received positive reviews from publications ranging from The New York Times and Variety to In her review for The New York Times, Jeanette Catsoulis wrote, "the offbeat chemistry of the cast, along with Monty Miranda's eye-catching direction...make all the difference... Drawing much of its energy from an eclectic and fully integrated soundtrack, "Skills Like This" gazes indulgently on 20-something aimlessness and the comfort of assigned roles. In Mr. Miranda's hands sloth can be more appealing than you might think." Variety further stated that the main characters of Skills Like This showed "considerable intelligence and chemistry" in addition to calling the film "deftly directed" and from Salon Andrew O'Heir reviewed "Skills Like This" as, "Cheerfully anarchic...indescribably genuine." The film screened in theatrical release for four months.