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A Family Finds Entertainment (2005)

Skippy is encouraged by his parents to leave his "poisonous family" and find a new home. Along the way he is hit by a car and then filmed by a documentary filmmaker. Music from a chaotic ... See full summary »


Ryan Trecartin


Ryan Trecartin




Credited cast:
Lindsay Beebe Lindsay Beebe ... Little Boogerface / Blueberry Muffin / Hell Boy
Annette K. Bonin Annette K. Bonin ... Mom
Muffy Brandt Muffy Brandt ... The Married Virgin
Kathleen Brennan Kathleen Brennan ... Michelella
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Ben / Blue Bubble D / Jane
Laura Colella ... Documentary Video Artist Zoey Spelling
Brent Cowley Brent Cowley ... Bruce
Kenny Curran Kenny Curran ... White Lips Bloody Knees / Ed / Tamber
Erin Dunn Erin Dunn ... Patty May
Lizzie Fitch Lizzie Fitch ... Cosmos Bitch / Linda / Fisher Woman / Orange Tamber
Veronica Gelbaum Veronica Gelbaum ... Veronica
Drew Gillespie Drew Gillespie ... Jaime
Rachel Glazer Rachel Glazer ... Misunderstood Muddy Girl
Casey Glover Casey Glover ... Sklar Stardust / Jasmine Spooner
Jesse Greenberg Jesse Greenberg ... Helium Twin B / Punky Ratman / Tzar
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Skippy is encouraged by his parents to leave his "poisonous family" and find a new home. Along the way he is hit by a car and then filmed by a documentary filmmaker. Music from a chaotic youth party awakens him as he searches for something beautiful to hold onto. Written by jbrow279

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Disposable, thoughtless drivel
24 March 2013 | by vulpusagnusSee all my reviews

When I think of "mindless entertainment", pulpy action schlock is the first thing to come to mind. However, after watching this, I had to rethink my definition. In such films, the audience at least has to come to an understanding of the repercussions of actions that occur over the course of the film. You cannot completely turn your brain off.

In "A Family Finds Entertainment", this viewer found that the only way to endure its seemingly endless forty minutes was to attempt to stop thinking about it. You cannot consider what is happening, why it is, or who it affects. This is not a piece to be enjoyed or pondered. It is only to be suffered through.

One may ask if there is some merit to this, artistically, if considered to be an experiment in creating an insufferable, obnoxious piece. However, there does not seem to be a point to this beyond that. It felt like a waste of time. Sure, it's impossible to sit through without curling into a fetal position begging for the horrific imagery to go away, and no other work I have witnessed has achieved that. But I don't know anyone who would want to sit through that, let alone enjoy it. Some art can be difficult to enjoy, yes. But I don't see it in this case as a factor of how much the viewer thinks about it, but rather how little.

The characters include a flock of face-painted horrors, screaming nonsense at the camera, and various other colorful crazies. Trecartin uses a myriad of image-processing effects to achieve his goal (I think) of creating a convoluted, visually confusing mess of a piece. There is no cohesion, there is no plot, but that is not to its detriment. It would almost be laughably terrible if it attempted to tell a comprehensible story. But no, A Family Finds Entertainment seeks only to expose you to this world of horrors. It is a forty-minute view into a hellish place that may have once been inhabited by humans, but no longer.

On the technical side, the effects are sloppily put-together, giving it a bizarre home-movie feel. The audio peaks excessively. This was shown in a well-equipped theater playing a legitimately acquired copy. There is no excuse for such poor audio.

The work leaves me feeling as if everyone involved wanted to share their atrocious labor-of-love of a home movie with me. However, they were all secretly laughing behind my back, aware that they are terrible human beings wishing only to annoy me. There's nothing good I can say about this work. I can't get past the loud, jeering cast, the simplistic, overused effects, and sloppy hand-cam cinematography. There's nothing I can latch onto and appreciate. I want to give this a chance, but it feels like the only work of art I have witnessed that I would call entirely thoughtless. Maybe this work is some profound statement on the nature of art itself; maybe it's a callback to Dadaism. All I know is it's the worst thing I have ever had the displeasure to sit through.

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