You may not even be aware that there is a seedy underbelly to the wholesale pet supply business, but director Brien Burroughs has not only uncovered it but milked it for laughs in his film Suckerfish. Dick (Tim Orr) and Alan (Dan Donovan) sell animals and accessories to pet stores on behalf of a large wholesale firm; Dick is a quick-lipped hipster while Alan is capable to selling nearly anything to a pet store manager, however useless it may be. When a veteran salesman retires from the company, Ken (Kurt Bodden) is hired to take over his route, the firm's biggest. Alan and Dick would both like a piece of the action, and Dick figures out a way to get it -- the two of them will start spreading malicious gossip about Ken to their gullible accounts. The plan works, but Ken soon gets wise to what's happened and finds out a little secret of his own -- that Dick has been sleeping with Alan's wife. Featuring improvised dialogue and an appealing jazz score, Suckering was shown at the 1999 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
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