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Believe the hype.
written by SoManyDynamos October 28, 2007 - 4:26 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A walk-out. Too soft and generic to be a criticism of a mentality that's already a parody of itself. No real story emerges during the first half-hour, which is almost exactly when intolerable things began coming at a rapid enough clip to force me to abort. Specifically, the best friend character, the only interesting guy with any momentum or pov starts harping on his best friend's love interest, despite a montage attempt to get him laid, minutes before, housed in some awful dialog I won't quote here.

Well, okay:

-So is that your real name? Or are you just obsessed with Audrey Hepburn like every art school chick?
-I was named after an old cartoon.
(Holds up a locket of said character)
-Another ironic pop culture reference. She's a keeper.

Think Todd Solondz presents "The New Guy," but make them both a lot milder. John Malkovich makes some funny faces though, so that's something.

Tragically bad
written by heidijane January 20, 2007 - 4:53 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
We love Daniel Clowes. How do you make a five page rip on art schools into a funny 90 minute movie? I don't know, and apparently neither do Clowes and Zwigoff. The characters are dull, and the shred of plot to follow is even worse, it provokes an ennui worthy of the crappiest student art project. Some of the cynical characters are funny, they represent the meanspiritedness of the original comic but they seemed oddly declawed on film. We wanted more bad art, more pretentious hack teachers and students, no stupid cops and killer subplot and some more sex and nudity. This is still a college movie after all. Ghostworld got everything right, but there was more material to work with. Couldn't you have made a series of shorts, or picked a meatier comic like "Dan Pussey", "David Boring", "Velvet Glove", or "Lloyd Llewellyn"? Maybe next time guys....

Bust should've stayed confidential
written by BJaton November 15, 2006 - 6:47 PM PST
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
There are three kinds of bad movies. Ones that are bad and just cannot help it due to budget, ones that are bad because they really try to stink for satire, and then the worse kind. The ones that start out with genius collaborators independently, have good cast and a original script only to leave you robbed from 90 minutes of your life. I wouldn't even recommend this movie to art students to see what's worth watching,the scenes in the art classes which are hilarious comparable to a great Richard Linklater characterization, unfortunately this accounts for about one tenth of screen time. Predictable and flat out awful.


(Average 4.97)
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