Drool (2009)

NANCY KISSAM

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 .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Totally bent but hilarious black comedy that is destined to be a cult favourite in the years to come.  and 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.

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