Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 2009. Upload Films, Slamdance, Elements Entertainment, Instinctive Film, Louisiana Media Productions. Screenplay by Nancy Kissam. Cinematography by Kara Stephens. Produced by John Portnoy, Nick Thurlow, Todd Williams. Music by Dana Boule. Production Design by Maurin L. Scarlata. Costume Design by Shauna Leone. Film Editing by Jennifer Godin.
Totally bent but hilarious black comedy that is destined to be a cult favourite in the years to come. Laura Harring and Oded Fehr are a miserable couple, she an abused zombie who takes her husband’s violence without complaint and listens to her children’s potty mouths without flinching, he a miserable rubber-factory worker who has to give his boss a blow job whenever he lags in productivity. Their children are a teenage girl who hates the guy she’s been having sex with because he keeps trying to take their relationship seriously, and a pre-teen boy who is having lustful thoughts about his football coach. America, basically, is populated with trash, and this family’s chance for redemption comes when a gorgeous beautician moves in next door, steals Harring’s heart and the gang all jump into a giant purple car and hit the road (though in dad’s case not in any way he might appreciate). Lots of great dialogue and a thoroughly demented attitude make this a pleasure to watch despite the bare-bones production values; no matter how ridiculous the behaviour, it’s all balanced against Harring’s calm face and sweet demeanor. Casting her and Fehr as southerners is far too odd, and director Nancy Kissam does a terrible job of wrapping it up in the end, but it has enough really funny moments to make it stick.