|REALITY (director/writer: Quentin Dupieux; cinematographer: Quentin Dupieux; editor: Quentin Dupieux; music: Philip Glass; cast: Alain Chabat (Jason Tantra), Jonathan Lambert (Bob Marshall), Elodie Bouchez (Alice Tantra), Kyla Kennedy (Reality), John Glover (Zog), Eric Wareheim (Henri), Jon Heder (Dennis); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Gregory Bernard, Diane Jassem, Josef Lieck, Kevin Van Der Meiren; IFC Films; 2014-France/Belgium-in French and English, with English subtitles)|
|"Too bad no one told Dupieux that
this pic is a bad idea before he got it
by Dennis Schwartz
A weird and unfunny comedy written
and directed by the eccentric cult filmmaker
Quentin Dupieux ("Wrong"/"Wrong
Cops"/"Rubber"). It plays out as a valentine to
grade-D horror films. I could never get a handle on
its screwy humor. It fills the screen with a bizarre
plot and many twists, odd characters and an attempt to
apply dream logic to everyday reality. Things don't
make sense, which might be done on purpose. If that
bothers you, you might want to avoid this challenging
but nutty film.
guy who played Napoleon Dynamite,
Jon Heder, appears as an itchy character costumed in a
rat suit while hosting a TV cooking show. Maybe some
viewers might find it funny to connect a rat with a
cooking show. I did. So I at least found something
It alternates between French and English speak throughout, but sounded mostly Greek to me.
Tantra (Alain Chaban, French comedian) works in
southern California as a French-speaking cameraman,on
a cooking show with the host, Dennis (Jon Heder)..
Jason's wife Alice (Elodie Bouchez)
is a psychiatrist.
is ambitious to be a movie director and comes up with
an absurd idea for a sci-fi horror film.
He pitches it to wealthy producer Bob
Marshall (Jonathan Lambert), who promises to back the
project if Jason in 48 hours can find an Oscar-worthy
groan to insert into his film about killer TVs.
there's the 8-year old schoolgirl Reality (Kyla
Kennedy), the film's titular character. It
turns out that she's starring in a film Bob is
making as a fictional feature and it's being
produced by the documentary filmmaker Zog (John
Glover). Also of note, Reality
recovers a gore-spattered videocassette from a garbage
can that her dad shot of a butchered hog and his
entrails. Caught in school watching the tape, the
principal (Eric Wareheim), Alice's
patient, punishes her. When in his therapist's office,
the principal tells about being a
after a series of recurring bad dream, Jason awakens
and is not sure if his film idea is based on a dream
Too bad no one told Dupieux that this pic is a bad idea before he got it green-lighted.
REVIEWED ON 1/7/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ