MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are the proud hosts of Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, they host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie. They invite others to watch the same film and post their own reviews.
I decided to participate and heard about this from Cherdo (on the Flipside) who is co-hosting and picked the first film for all of us to watch and review. The film she picked:
This film came out in 2004 starring Jon Heder and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared Hess. Poor John was paid a whole $1,000 for the role! The film cost $400,000 but it grossed over $46 million and has reached cult status. Jon renegotiated and he ended up getting a percentage of the profits (good boy).
I actually thought this film was made in the 1970's because of the look. I mean, grandma's house has wood paneling-who didn't have this! The sets were the nightmares of 70's chic. Now I am not a wondrous reviewer to talk about the twists and turns and the mise-en scene(I think that's how one spells it but I don't have the French accent over the E).
This was nerd paradise! There are many laugh out loud moments (grandma flies through the air, the llama, the pro wrestling woman (woman??)) that it caught me off guard. The lead is quite dorky and I am never sure if he has his eyes open. I am not even sure I like him all that much but he is still endearing...somehow even though I wanted to punch him the face.
There are some classic lines in the film but, at this moment I can't remember them(sorry) but one about being fat made me laugh. The lines in the film, the characters, the setting are all awkward and it works because he is a true nerd. He helps out his friend by dancing and actually could be on Dancing with the Stars-he is pretty good.
I enjoyed it. Is it not an amazing film that leaves one wanting more and I would not collect the film but I did find it funny and weird which I like.