Life of Lemon (Edited)

DVD Release: October 11, 2011
Life of Lemon (Edited)


Lemon (Barry Kneller) is an unemployed repair man, who is unhappy with the way his life is going and the direction it is heading. He wants to do something more meaningful with it and find a new occupation. One day he meets Lester (Willie C. Carpenter), a homeless man who has also had his share of difficulties and setbacks. They form a strong relationship, which turns out to be exactly what they both needed to keep hoping for a better life. Lester inspires him to try new things and encourages him to pursue his dreams, going against the wishes of his father (Dan Lauria), who would prefer his son to stick to what he knows best. On his journey, Lemon discovers the importance of believing in himself and, when having hope and ambition, magical things can happen. “Life of Lemon” introduces writer, filmmaker and actor Barry Kneller and features an extraordinary cast of well-known independent film and Hollywood character actors, including Beth Grant, Rachel Miner, Mimi Kennedy, Adam Harrington, Todd Sherry and Steve Tom. With “Life of Lemon,” Kneller demonstrates the importance of a person believing in himself or herself, and even though the world can be full of difficulty, even the dimmest of underdogs can achieve great things. He wanted the first feature film that he wrote and produced to be inspirational and send a positive message with hope that, in times of need and support, people will watch it and find comfort.

Dove Review

“Life of Lemon” is an inspiring movie about a man named “Lemon” (excellently portrayed by Barry Kneller) with a heart of gold. He helps a homeless man named Lester (Willie C. Carpenter). Lester served in the military but had his benefits cut, even though his leg never healed from an injury. Lemon has aspirations of becoming an actor or doing more with his life than his current job as a repairman. He can fix almost anything but longs for something with more meaning. The movie is really about Lester giving Lemon as much as Lemon gives him, because Lester believes in him and tells him to believe in himself. Lemon gives him money as he is able and presents him with a special gift: a cup that says “Lester, world’s best friend.”

This touching story features the excellent acting of Kneller and Carpenter and has been awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 plus and four Doves! It is a terrific film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband and wife kiss; a husband jokes with his wife, when she says she has to work late, and asks, "Are you cheating on me?"; woman says she was pregnant and didn't want to tell her boyfriend because she did not want to get an abortion.
Language: G/OMG-4; H-6; Geez-2; D-1; Da*mit-1; Moron-1; Man comments about stupid people wearing stupid T-shirts.
Violence: None
Drugs: Drinking and a bar scene; a comment about having some beer, and a "suds" comment.
Nudity: Cleavage in a few scenes.
Other: Tension between a couple and an argument; man is unsympathetic to homeless man; woman jokes and says something negative about former President George W. Bush; tattoo visible on man's arm.


Company: Tigerstorm Productions
Director: Randy Kent
Producer: Barry Kneller
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 62 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter