5.8/10
31,411
183 user 233 critic

Rubber (2010)

Trailer
2:25 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.

Director:

Quentin Dupieux

Writer:

Quentin Dupieux
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Wrong I (2012)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Jack Plotnick, Todd Giebenhain, Eric Judor
Reality (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A wanna-be director is given 48 hours by a producer to find the best groan of pain, worthy of an Oscar, as the only condition to back his film.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Alain Chabat, Jonathan Lambert, Élodie Bouchez
Wrong Cops (2013)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Agnes Bruckner
Steak (2007)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

George is the scapegoat of his classmates. One day he cracks and shoots them. His best and only friend Blaise is accused in his place and sentenced to 7 years in a psychiatric hospital. At ... See full summary »

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Eric Judor, Ramzy Bedia, Jonathan Lambert
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Police officers at a station must solve a murder case.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Grégoire Ludig, Marc Fraize
Nonfilm (2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young actor suddenly wakes up in the middle of the shooting of a movie he doesn't understand. After shooting a few scenes, the main character accidentally shoots and kills the technical ... See full summary »

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Bernard Amsellem, Thomas Belorgey, Vincent Belorgey
Deerskin (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Spinella ... Lieutenant Chad
Jack Plotnick ... Accountant
Wings Hauser ... Man in Wheelchair
Roxane Mesquida ... Sheila
Ethan Cohn ... Film Buff Ethan
Charley Koontz ... Film Buff Charley
Daniel Quinn ... Dad
Devin Brochu ... Son
Hayley Holmes ... Teenager Cindy
Haley Ramm ... Teenager Fiona
Cecelia Antoinette ... Black Woman (as Cecilia Antoinette)
David Bowe ... Mr. Hughes
Remy Thorne ... Zach (as Remi Thorne)
Tara Jean O'Brien ... Cleaning Lady (as Tara O'Brien)
Thomas F. Duffy ... Cop Xavier
Edit

Storyline

As film spectators watch, a killer car tire comes to life in a desert dump site. Flexing its... rubber... and ready to roll, it soon discovers its telekinetic ability to make small animals and people's heads explode. Lt. Chad hopes to end this movie by fatally poisoning every last spectators, but failing that, the show must go on, and the tire goes on a three-day rampage. With few left alive, a lure is constructed to draw the tire from its motel room, where hopes are to end it and this movie once and for all. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Careful Where You Tread. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Angola | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cauciucul See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,346, 3 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$98,017, 12 June 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,370, 30 June 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the Spectators is played by Daniel Quinn, who starred in Scanner Cop (1994) as a man who could make people's heads explode with his mind, just as the tire does in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the boy rides his bike, he is wearing long socks at first, but in a later scene those change to short socks. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lieutenant Chad: In the Steven Spielberg movie "E.T.," why is the alien brown? No reason. In "Love Story," why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone's "JFK," why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent "Chain Saw Massacre" by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in "The Pianist" by Polanski, how come...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

In a list of credits prior to the final credits, the rubber tire appears as an actor named Robert. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Body Explosions in Movies (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
Lyrics and music by Vinnie Barrett, John C Jr Freeman and Bobby Eli
Performed by Blue Magic
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deep Tread Indeed in this Particular Tire
6 March 2011 | by jd7myers-1See all my reviews

It was a rainy Sunday and I went looking for cheese, but found a savory meal. Frankly, I was hoping to kill off a few brain cells in the mindless fun of watching a movie about a killer tire. Expecting something along the lines of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, I wanted to drown myself in delicious B-movie goodness. This coming from the man that cannot change the channel when my remote calls up images of Joan Collins being eaten by giant ants in Empire of the Ants.

Yet soon I realized that this film was so much more than horror spoof or a silly gimmick film. The movie opens with a desert road randomly strewn with simple wooden parsonage chairs facing in all directions. Next a car appears and begins deliberately swerving into the chairs, breaking each one of them, until it comes to a halt. At that point, a sheriff emerges (from out of the trunk?!) and knocks on the driver door where he is handed a full glass of water. The sheriff breaks the fourth wall and begins addressing the audience by speaking of the "no reason" principle of famous movies like E.T., Love Story and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This narration immediately reminded me of the criminologist from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and I suddenly did not know what to expect from this movie.

I honestly think the less said about this film the better. Suffice it to say that Rubber is one part B-movie schlock, one part David Lynch, and one part Hitchcock. (Did I just actually go there?) On my first watching of the movie, I appreciated its style. The camera angles, the homage to Psycho, the riveting and unnerving sound track were somehow quite effective in producing suspense. Quite remarkable when the serial tire is a generic tire! Juxtaposed against this atmospheric cinematography was a very healthy dose of absurdity and dark humor. This makes for an extremely interesting viewing experience, where the audience switches abruptly from anticipation to laughter to abject confusion.

The sheriff tells us that there is "no reason" for this film. What a deceit! Because there is a reason for virtually everything – from the opening scene of the destruction of chairs, to the irony of a Nascar race, to the well placed remake of the song "Just Don't Want to be Lonely" to (yes!) the turkey. Irony abounds even as our in character heroine proclaims that she cannot read the lines of dialog because they are garbage.

The second time I watched this movie, I focused on its true theme. I realized with delight that the movie is about movies and their audiences. Pay very close attention to every scene with the bystanders on the road and you will realize that the killer tire story is not the actual plot at all. Also, on second viewing, you can revel in the brilliant personification of the killer tire (Robert). A tire that learns, sleeps, recreates, dreams, and even has flashbacks to his previous inanimate incarnation on an actual car. Observe the film structure and use of the reflecting glass and incineration scene as key catalysts. You will be amazed at all you missed when first watching this movie.

Astonishingly, this became my favorite movie of 2011 so far. Lovers of film should not miss this.


176 of 236 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 183 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed