movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Being a big fan of human perception and the senses, this movie had an appealing “What If” gimmick. Two, actually: Super-senses, and losing 1 out of 5 senses at random. The low 5.3 rating on IMDB is not a compelling deterrent these days, as most movies we watch are rated low.

PEOPLE: Marlon Wayans was the main character. Also among the cast are David Spade, Matthew Lillard, Rip Torn, and Debra Jo Rupp.

QUIRKS: This was simply a gimmick / what-if comedy movie, along the lines of many such movies. The main character (Marlon Wayans) is an overworked college student who is also trying to support his mom and siblings at the same time. Because he is so strapped for cash, he will do anything for money. Taking experimental drugs? No problem! It turns out that they give him super senses. At first, he doesn’t know how to handle it. Everything is amplified — so his ass itches so bad he has to use a scrubbing brush on it. Finally, he learns how to focus it. But then he doesn’t listen to the instructions, and over-does it. Bad things start happening. Randomly losing 1 out of 5 senses (and having the lost sense change every few minutes), his quest for a money-making job becomes very challenged. David Spade plays a total douchebag prick, who he is working against to get the magic money-making job — including joining the hockey team to try to have some extracurricular activities on his resume. The super senses help make him look like a much better candidate than David Spade, but loosing his senses makes him look like an assinine fool. He has to recover, get the job, and save his family’s home all at the same time. Oh, and get the girl too.

BAD STUFF: It takes a good ~75% of the movie before he starts losing senses randomly. Considering that the title is Senseless, I think this should have happened earlier.

CONCLUSION: A fun exploration of a “What If?” scenario, with Wayans-influenced comedy. That’s a recipe for success, even if said success is not outstanding. I give it my generic pass of 3 stars on Netflix. On IMDB, that would usually mean a 6, but I would actually give this more like a 6.5 for creativity. I certainly don’t regret watching it.

RECOMMENDATION: Wayans Brothers fans should see this, as should people who enjoy zany “what if?” scenarios, or people who love hating on David Spade. If you’re overworked and supporting a family, you might identify with the main character as well.

MOVIE QUOTE: Marlon Wayans: “Doctor, three thousand dollars? I’ll be your little outbreak monkey…”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Benj didn’t like it.

Mood: this pain is not good
Music: Dethklok – Fansong