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Ape (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 25 February 2014 (USA)
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Trevor Newandyke is a struggling comedian. Not only does he bomb on stage, but he bombs in everyday life. To him, it's the little things that matter most. He's fed up with the threats from ... See full summary »


Joel Potrykus


Joel Potrykus
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Joshua Burge ... Trevor Newandyke
Gary Bosek Gary Bosek ... Dennis Spicer
Daniel Falicki ... The Devil
Jason Roth ... Dorito Guy
Gary Perrine Gary Perrine ... Cisco
Kevin Clancy Kevin Clancy ... Tim
Reynaldo Herrera Reynaldo Herrera ... Crazy Neighbor
Jarrod Napierkowski Jarrod Napierkowski ... Todd
Benjamin Riley Benjamin Riley ... Bum
Michael Saunders Michael Saunders ... Bicycle Thief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlotte Ambrose Charlotte Ambrose ... Sidewalk Lady
Jazymne Colvin Jazymne Colvin ... Neighbor
Dan Cox Dan Cox ... Long pee guy
John Curtis John Curtis ... Gorilla
Nicholas Fairbanks Nicholas Fairbanks ... Bathroom Heckler


Trevor Newandyke is a struggling comedian. Not only does he bomb on stage, but he bombs in everyday life. To him, it's the little things that matter most. He's fed up with the threats from the cable company, 7-11 raising the price of the Slurpee, and all the jerks who think they can push him around. All he wants is a break, and for someone to get him. Not everyone, just someone. But instead of taking a breath and getting himself together or taking his anger to the stage, he turns to the loud din of his headphones and the crackling glow of fire to ease his mind. He's not only a lousy comic, but a pyromaniac, as well. Written by Jay Reimenschnieder

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


Not Rated


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Release Date:

25 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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All of Trevor's jokes are from director Joel Potrykus's routine while he was a comic in NY. See more »


Trevor Newandyke: Which is faster, Hot or Cold?
[Silence from the audience]
Trevor Newandyke: Hot, because you can catch a cold!
[a few polite giggles in the audience, followed by more silence]
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References Critters 2 (1988) See more »


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Decent no-budget flick, but not really worth your time..
25 April 2013 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Copenhagen Film Festival (CPH PIX), where the director, Joel Potrykus was also present, and he shared a handful of interesting facts about the film afterwards, among them being that the budget for the film was only around 2000 bucks, mostly going to catering the crew and transportation, so with that in mind, the end-result is actually quite impressing.

But, despite of this, the film has to be reviewed as a "real" feature-film, and not just some friends making a school-project, and in that regard, it falls completely flat in almost every way. The leading actor, Joshua Burge, playing the unfunny stand-up comedian Trevor Newandyke, is sympathetic enough, but generally just comes through as a lazy slacker bum, who doesn't want a real job, and would rather just hustle his way through life.. or "wing it", rather. All the other characters in the film are either just random bystanders, or similar goal-less slacker-types, like his colleague Dennis Spicer (Gary Bosek), who also deliver quite a few unfunny jokes throughout the movie.

For some reason, the director chose to throw in a few random scenes with a guy in a monkey-suit harassing Trevor, and a guy in a devil-suit doing the same, and quite a few scenes with Trevor using a spray-can as a flamethrower or throwing a poorman's Molotov-cocktail on the ground... again, for no reason whatsoever.

If you have absolutely nothing better to do with your time, and you love watching amateurish, "unfunny" unfunny movies with no real plot or character-development at all, this movie is perfect for you. For everybody else, it's not.

P.S: The director also mentioned, that all the jokes Trevor tells in the film, are actually his own bad jokes, from when he himself was a stand-up comedian, so you can't even tell him to "stick to his day-job" either, as the jokes really stunk.... hard.

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