Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Production Companies: Demarest Films, Phase 4 Films, SModcast Pictures
Stars: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment
Genre: Horror / Comedy
What It’s About: A podcaster goes missing while out on an interview with an eccentric seafarer. His girlfriend and best friend team up with an ex-cop to search for him.
How I Watched It: Alone in my apartment. Evening.
Thoughts: First of all, let me just say that I have been anticipating this movie for some time. I’m a big fan of Kevin Smith, and after seeing Red State, I was especially excited to see another Kevin Smith movie starring Michael Parks. I was pretty amped to finally see it.
The general story (WITHOUT SPOILERS!):
Wallace (Long) is a podcaster, and a rude and crude one at that. He teams up with his co-host Teddy (Osment) to create The Not-See Party podcast. What a name. Anyway, Wallace takes it upon himself to go out into the world and collect stories from weird and eccentric people, and then broadcasts them on the show. His newest adventure is to go see a viral-video star in Canada, so he goes on his way.
The story with the viral-video kid doesn’t pan out, so Wallace quickly seeks a backup plan so that his trip wouldn’t be in vain. While in a bar restroom, he spots an ad from someone offering up free lodging for someone willing to do some household chores. The man claims to be an invalid in need of help, but he also apparently has tons of amazing stories to share–which would be another perk of the arrangement.
Wallace sees the opportunity and seizes it. He phones the fellow, Howard Howe (Parks), and plans to make the trip to his house. He gets there, and begins to hear the tales of so many of his adventures. Wallace is truly intrigued. But then…something starts to seem off…and before he knows it, he begins an adventure that he could never have imagined.
Wow. I knew some spoilers going into this film (it was nearly impossible to avoid them), but I still found it so shocking….and just….crazy. The special effects used in this movie looked SO GREAT. So real and visceral….while being completely out of the ordinary. But I’ll refrain from going further into that as to avoid spoilers. If you’d like to learn about the origin of this ridiculous plot line (some spoilers included), CLICK HERE.
Let’s talk about how hilarious this movie is. Anything from crude dude-humor to really subtle humor…to what I always think Kevin Smith does best–the situational humor. Some of the situations in this movie are so ridiculous…sure, they’re terrifying and weird…but they’re also fucking hilarious. Half the time, I didn’t know whether to cringe or laugh. That’s a difficult effect to achieve.
As far as acting goes, everyone nailed it on the head. Justin Long walks that line of being that guy you hate, and being that guy that you feel sorry for. I can’t even imagine how difficult of a role this was for him to play…for….**COUGH**…various reasons. 😉
Michael. Fucking. Parks. First of all, if you haven’t seen Red State, go watch it right fucking now. I love that movie so much. I had seen Parks in several roles before that film…Kill Bill, Grindhouse, From Dusk Til Dawn, Twin Peaks…but man. That role is the fucking tits. This role is right up there with that one in my mind. Parks is one creepy mo-fo. Holy hell. Just the performance he delivers….incredible.
Later in the movie, Teddy and Wallace’s girlfriend Ally (Rodriguez) team up with an ex-cop named Guy Lapointe…and well…this might be a spoiler, because it was somewhat hidden from audiences….so SPOILER ALERT! Lapointe is played by none other than
Johnny Depp. It’s fairly easy to tell that it’s him, even through his well-done makeup effects….so, you’d probably figure it out. What a hilarious performance…drunken Quebec investigator. There’s a scene between him and Parks that is just hilarious, and is a testament to both of their acting abilities.
My Rating: Huzzah!
This movie is totally out there, but I love it. Definitely nothing else out there like this one, folks.
Where Can I Watch It?: This title is available digitally across several formats (Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, etc). The film will be released to DVD and Blu-Ray on December 30th.