movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Watched in HD, of course, right before Easter 2010 weekend.

PLOT SUMMARY: Two guys in bunny suits get laid off due to Easter being a “second tier holiday”.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Capitalism turns surly addict bunnies into unemployed bums.

PEOPLE: Hank And Mike are played by Thomas Michael and Paolo Mancini…. relative nobodies.

Chris Klein, who played Mr. Hubris, looks like Keanu Reeves! I totally thought that was him! He was also in Just Friends and American Pie 1 & 2.
Mr. Pan is played by Joe Mantegna. Lena is played by Maggie Castle (The Time Traveler’s Wife). ‘Roid Ragin’ Stu is played by Tonny Nappo (Saw 3, Saw 4, Saw 5, The Incredible Hulk 2008, Jumper). Strap-on secretary Brenda is played by Jane McLean (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Shoot ‘Em Up).

QUIRKS: A 2008 remake of a 2000 short film by the same writers and directors. (The original had Greg Lawrence of Kevin Spencer fame as a bartender!) This version is much more highly rated than the original. Technically, this is a spinoff from the 1998 series Y Be Normal?.

This movie made us drink 3 shots each. (That’s 2 more than usual.) Plenty of alcohol and pot use. When they can’t pay their rent, they still have weed. Cursing around children — one of the bunnies even drops a lit cigarette into a baby carriage out of random spite. The “holiday personified as a surly substance abuser” trope may as well be lifted directly from Bad Santa. The “strange bunnies that everyone accepts as normal” may as well be lifted directly from Greg The Bunny. Thus, I came up with this MOVIE MATH equation:

(Bad Santa – Christmas + Easter) + (Greg The Bunny – puppets) = Hank And Mike.

VERY SURREAL — Are they *really* Easter Bunnies? Really? What exactly does that even mean? They’re always in their costume. Even when they had a suit-and-tie over the bunny costume, reminding me of the Xavier:Renegade Angel episode “Going Normal”. Again: Are they really Easter Bunnies? Carolyn says Yes. But… WTF, man. Humans in bunny suits can’t really be Easter Bunnies. This is the weird “Greg The Bunny” aspect, where you just accept that some things — often involving bunnies — don’t necessarily make sense. But everyone else seems to accept it, so you do.

VISUALS: The film stock and slight feeling about not knowing whether everything is real or not makes me think of the movie Special.

MORALS: One of the main morals? There’s always someone who’s more of a loser than you.

Overall, there is a moral subtext that capitalist greed and hubris can destroy good tradition, and rip apart peoples’ lives. This is best personified by the character atually named Mr. Hubris.

BAD STUFF: Fatal Flaw: Too short, at a mere 1 hr 22 min. I was having a constant panic attack knowing it was going to end. I was goddamn angry. This movie should be at least 2 hrs. I don’t think that it necessarily felt rushed, but they could have sussed everything out a bit more to damn brilliant results.

CONCLUSION: Best unwholesome Easter movie ever! (Do any others even exist??)

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.8/10 (ouch!), Netflix: 3.0/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–they knew we’d like this more than most did!).

RECOMMENDATION: Watch this during Easter season!!

SIMILAR MOVIES: I’ve heard it described as “Office Space with cynical bunnies”, but I would not agree with that statement at all. It’s much more like Bad Santa, and the TV series Greg The Bunny.

OTHER REVIEWS: I didn’t read this one.

Great song from the movie. Though if you haven’t seen the movie, this is a) probably completely unenjoyable AND b) something that would discourage you from watching it. So maybe you shouldn’t watch this:

Mood: annoyed
Music: KMFDM – Torture