God 2

The first time I really took note of Melissa McCarthy was in John August’s 2007 gem The Nines. While I had seen her in minor roles prior, her wonderful performance in that film has been cemented in my mind ever since. Though McCarthy and August are now enjoying successful careers, today’s short was the stepping stone that laid the foundation for The Nines almost a decade later. McCarthy plays Margaret O’ Reilly (a role she would reprise in The Nines), a bubbly woman who has a closer relationship with God than most. Frankly, they are practically BFF’s as they chat on the phone constantly. However, when their relationship hits a rough patch, Margaret finds her life turning into hell.

Director: John August / USA / 1998 / 11 Minutes
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Sam Pancake, and Martin Yu