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What Is It? (2005)

Unrated | | Drama | 27 January 2005 (USA)
What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

Director:

Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)

Writer:

Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blevis Michael Blevis ... The young man (as Michael Bleviss)
Carlos Richardson Carlos Richardson ... The young man's alter ego
Lisa Fusco Lisa Fusco ... The young man's fantasy girl
Steven C. Stewart Steven C. Stewart ... Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Uber Ego (as Steven Stewart)
Crispin Glover ... Dueling Demi-God Auteur / The Young Man's Inner Psyche and Id
John Insinna John Insinna ... The Young Man's Outer Sanctum Friend / Inner Sanctum's Choked Victim
Kelly Swiderski Kelly Swiderski ... Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Snail Collector
Robin Adams Robin Adams ... Inner Sanctum Concubine / Outer Sanctum Girl Who Recognizes Burning
Adam Parfrey Adam Parfrey ... The minstrel
Rikky Wittman Rikky Wittman ... The minstrel's nemesis (as Rickey Wittman)
Lynn Conley Lynn Conley ... The Minstrel's Concubine / Mocking Tormentor / Ultimate Outer Sanctum Victor
Cheryl Brown Cheryl Brown ... Outer Sanctum Mocking Tormentor / Walkie-Talkie Grabbing Woman That Cries Later
Tom Carroll Tom Carroll ... Grave Digger / Mocking Tormentor
Eric Yates Eric Yates ... Inner Sanctum Puppet Show Audience Member / Outer Sanctum Victim / Inner Sanctum Victim
Mary P. Hayes Mary P. Hayes ... The young man's mother
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What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Being the adventures of a young man whose principle interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home. As tormented by an hubristic, racist inner psyche.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Volcanic Eruptions See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Crispin Glover's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

The minstrel: Four hundred more injections and I shall be an invertebrate, free of this human form, free of this opposable thumb.
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Crazy Credits

This film has not advocated the assassination of Steven Spielberg in any way. See more »


Soundtracks

Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)
by Johnny Rebel
Keyboard music for end credits by Anton LaVey
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He tries too hard.
18 February 2007 | by jojodiamondSee all my reviews

I thought this movie was supposed to be a drama, not a comedy! I thought the slide show with readings from the eight books before the film was ridiculous, and it seemed like Glover was desperately flailing in his attempts to try to sound like Hunter Thompson on acid. He needs to find his own creativity instead of trying unsuccessfully to be like others. The whole thing was pointless, though there were a few lines here and there that did make me chuckle.

But seriously, I felt like Glover was trying so hard to disturb people that he forgot about direction and plot. Was I disturbed? No. Disappointed? A little. I think it could have been a good movie, but it just wasn't put together just right. Glover, you need a do-over. I would see it again, but I do believe the experience would be better suited for ten or maybe fifteen, but not $25.

It's fine if Glover wants the protagonist to be fighting with racism in his inner psyche, but nothing screams "I want to offend people" like playing Johnny Rebel's "Some N*****s Never Die, They Just Smell That Way." That's not art, that's begging for attention.

The Q&A session afterwards? He had interesting answers, but basically it was all about "I'm trying to disturb people to make them think." Kick the dead horse a little more, why don't ya?


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