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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Stephen Adly Guirgis
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I had cautious optimism - I love dogs, critics had given it a good score, and I enjoy dark humour. Unfortunately this was not the case with this movie.
You will enjoy this movie if you are a virtue-signalling art snob. As a normal guy, this movie contained 50% of a boring film and 50% outright shockingly poor.
The first quarter was kinda quirky, and using recurring themes to show vulgarity could be considered interesting by some. The awkward conversations seemed to be so absurd it was mildly amusing, but I was unsure whether the director was having us on or not.
The second quarter was the most boring piece of cinema I have seen in my life. Two awkward characters go on a road trip, and nothing happens - there is potential for emotional weight but it is squandered. It's not subtly awkward - it's obvious. By this point I wanted to leave - heck, I could have written this student script, but I wanted to still enjoy this movie, especially with DeVito coming up. I was shocked to learn this was written by a 52-year old veteran of the industry - the talking was way slower than the average person, which actively bored the audience, and was poorly acted, especially by the female lead.
The third act was OK - DeVito is funny, the script fairly inoffensive and a good mocking of the film school 'industry'. I could tell there was some personal beef and I enjoyed it. However, at this point my father had fallen asleep.
The final quarter had a good concept, but it could be told in ten seconds, or could have been mixed with the third act, especially as the millennial characters are similar throughout the second half. The final scene was vulgar & shocking, but not in a good way. In fact, very distasteful to top off a actively boring film. The movie 'jumped the shark' with one scene, which I will not spoil.
In summary this 'dark humour' could have been delivered faster with more authentic dialogue. The shots are good, but long without purpose. It needed to be serious or satire, it begin caught in the middle just annoyed the audience I was with. If I were the studio, I would never work with this director ever again - he clearly is too far up his own behind to entertain or intrigue audiences. I have only seen around 500 films in my life (not a lot), but I very clearly know this is the worst of them, and that includes Thunderpants.
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