|RUBBER (director: Quentin Dupieux; cinematographer: Quentin Dupieux; editor: Quentin Dupieux; music: Gaspard Augé/ Mr. Oizo; cast: Stephen Spinella (Lieutenant Chad), Jack Plotnick (Accountant), Wings Hauser (Man in Wheelchair), Roxane Mesquida (Sheila), Ethan Cohn (Film Buff Ethan), Charley Koontz (Film Buff Charley), David Bowe (Mr. Hugues),Remi Thorne (Zac).; Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Quentin Dupieux; Magnolia Releasing; 1960)|
|"It offers a lame one-joke premise."
by Dennis Schwartz
absurd blend of horror and comedy from musician/ad
man Gallic filmmaker Quentin Dupieux ("Reality"/"Wrong"/"Steak").
It offers a lame one-joke premise about a
self-propelled homicidal tire with
telekinetic powers named Robbie.
The absurdist comedy, made on a shoestring
budget, is set in the California desert.
in the California desert, an accountant (Jack
Plotnick) brings together some people to watch
with binoculars a movie unfold. They observe an old
tire come to life and move on its own across the
desert. It crushes things in its way and through the
use of its telekinetic powers it chooses what to
explode. Robbie, the name of the tire, kills a lot of
people while falling for a sexy mysterious
French tourist (Roxanne Mesquida). Even though
rebuffed by her., the obsessed tire follows her to a
desert motel. At the motel he goes into a rage and
kills the maid. Lt. Chad ( Stephen
Spinella) investigates the murder. Meanwhile
the accountant feeds the movie spectators poisoned
turkey. But one of them, in a wheel-chair (Wings
Hauser), doesn't take the poison, as he's
interested in keeping alive to see how the movie turns
out. Now isn't he the bright one!
Its gonzo deadpan humor failed to click with me. I just found it a dumb parody.
REVIEWED ON 1/10/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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