Since the inception of the VCR, Hollywood has thrived off commercialized, visually appealing, quick-money movies designed to suck in audiences while regurgitating the same plots and characters over and over. It has left any notion of artistic merit in maybe one or two films a year. Slackers if not one of these films, yet comes awfully close.
Three cheaters, while attempting one of their last stunts, slip up and end up at the mercy of a neurotic stalker. He blackmails them to help him win over a girl, yet one of the cheaters falls in love and all hell breaks loose.
Alright, the plot is simple enough and far from original, yet still presents themes of human conflict that outweigh most other teen/college movie out there, which have ridiculous plots about a relationship trying to be amended while some kid skates in the background. The character development is far above par as well, Shwartzman in particular, creating an odd mixture of realism against the background of gross-out slapstick. These things are all fine and good, and most films have comparable attributes, so what makes this film special?
This is a movie from the heart. You can tell this at first glance from the fact that it's rated R; they weren't trying to make money, they were making a film how they wanted to. You can tell every actor and actress contributes their own personal flair to the film, which sometimes takes away from the smoothness and clarity present in well-directed movies. They were making this film and having fun while they were doing it, and when you can see that on screen you get a feeling like you're watching something worthwhile rather then something designed to pull at your wallet like a Prague gypsy. Don't be too quick to criticize the outlandish aspects of this film either, as they may be crude and cheap, they're also honest and precise. Similar to Dirty Work, it has a straightforward approach to understanding what a movie should be.
This film is often misunderstood because of these reasons as it doesn't conform to the Hollywood standard of what a college comedy should be, however wacky. It provides something distinctly new to the genre and should be praised for its own artistic merit. Even if you don't like the sense of humor, the plot, the actors, or even the genre, you can still appreciate and respect it for what it brings.
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