[IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Wikipedia link] [official site] [official news site for the movie] Written, directed, and staring Primus front man Les Claypool (you may know Primus from the South Park theme), National Lampoon brings us… a mockumentary?!
PEOPLE: Les Claypool, with glasses, playing a singer/drummer. And a small part with Trey Parker (South Park creator) and Seth Green (Robot Chicken creator and Family Guy cast member). And Zach Galifianakis from the hilarious Tim And Eric fake Absolut Vodka commercials (with his trademark rage). But mostly, this is full of nobodies. It’s a relatively independent production with Les Claypool and National Lampoon.
BAD STUFF: It is a mockumentary, and mockumentaries kind of suck compared to real films. But I’d rather this movie exist than not exist.
QUIRKS: Many people say this really captured the interactions between various band members in a band well. The fact that their band, Electric Apricot, doesn’t actually exist, is kind of funny. They are basically a Jam band styled after the Grateful Dead. They were originally going to be called “Knecter”, but then people kept pronouncing it “Connector” instead of “Nectar”. But another member wanted it to be called Electric something. So they called it Electric Tangerine. But then another band member grew up on a farm and said those were apricots, not tangerines. The movie is full of strange quirks like these — cliche musicians typically thinking that every piece of minutia about what they do is something other people give a rat’s ass about. (And if they are fanboys — they do!)
There is a scene where Les Claypool shows his glassblowing skills. He makes bongs and dildos. He talked about how the one dildo was his friend’s penis, but he made him give him a photograph. He was not cool with blowing glass while someone with an erection stands next to him. Little strange personal (yet fictitious) anecdotes like the above this pepper the movie.
They go to group therapy, much like Metallica (In fact, Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is listed in the IMDB movie references). One member complains about his small penis. They go to Festeroo, which basically sounds like Bonnaroo and/or other hippie/jam band festivals. A band member ruins into a real famous musician from real life (I forget who), and tells him he can sleep with his wife if he wants to.
Again: Lots of small things happen, while nothing big ever really happens. Just lots of “documentary” vignettes. There is, of course, no laugh track.
By the way — the song they perform is called “Hey, Are You Going To Burning Man?” Cause that would be a cool thing to sing to hippies, I guess.
CONCLUSION: Like most documentaries (especially mockumentaries), it’s rather dry. While there are plenty of quirky moments, there weren’t a LOT of laugh out loud moments for Carolyn & I.
RECOMMENDATION: I still consider this a must for Primus fanboys, people who really like jam bands, prople who have been in bands that go on tour, or anybody who’s followed the Grateful Dead around. It’s not great, but it’s definitely interesting and different. Seeing so much Les Claypool was still quite a treat, even if this isn’t a “real” movie.
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