Release date: April 5, 2006
Canadian distributor: Maple Pictures
So you want to be a super hero? Well, you’ve got to start somewhere, and in the world of 4 colour adventures, that somewhere is the Sidekick. Computer consultant Norman Neale has two great loves in this cruel world: Comic books and his offices’ effervescent main receptionist, Andrea Hicks. Norman spends his days dreaming of Andrea from the isolation of his cubicle and his nights dreaming of fighting crime from the solitude of his apartment. Norman discovers that a fellow co-worker, Victor Ventura, a swaggering, pretty-boy salesman, has slight telekinetic abilities beyond his understanding. After discussing his mind-blowing discovery with his only friend Chuck, a know-it-all comic book store owner, Norman comes to the outlandish conclusion that he should train Victor to become a real-life superhero by helping him refine and expand his extraordinary ability. Norman envisions an exciting new future for himself battling the citys’ criminal elements as Victors’ faithful sidekick. Unfortunately, as Victor gains mastery over his powers, Norman is faced with the heartbreaking realization that not all people with extraordinary abilities are meant to be heroes.
Sidekick premiered at the Calgary Film Festival in September of 2005.