movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] “When your computer’s already your best friend… why not go all the way?”

PLOT SUMMARY: A programmer must deal with the approaching Y2K deadline, while being dumped by his girlfriend, finding a new romantic love interest, and dealing with a new sexual addiction involving a fetish for computers. This is basically a cringe comedy movie. They bill it as a romantic comedy, but there’s really almost no romance at all. It’s cringe comedy. And sexual too. Though there’s not really much real nudity.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Programmer rapes computers at the possible expense of Y2K societal collapse.

PEOPLE: Starring Tyler Labine as the main character. He played a drunk customer in Zack And Miri Make A Porno, and played John Belushi in the movie Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story Of Mork & Mindy. Jane the crippled secretary is played by Sonja Bennett. It’s rare for me to say this, but I think she works better as a brunette. She was part of one of the couples in Young People Fucking. The lovely brown-eyed girlfriend that dumps him is Laura Bertram (Andromeda). Gustafson is played by Geoff Gustafson — Dr. Jeff in Hot Tub Time Machine, and a bridge crewperson in the movie 2012. Keith Mendelson was played by Keith Dallas, aka Big Leroy in Snakes On A Plane, and a bit role as a Parthenon Janitor in Percy Jackson & The Olympians:The Lightning Thief.

And let’s not forget The Boss. What a great character she was, with her mousy voice and crazy professionalism. She seemed like Ana from the new V series, if she was on intraveneous Prozac. Played by Alisen Down, who looks nothing like the character she played. As well as Lillian Luthor in Smallville, and lots of sci-fi TV.

QUIRKS: Y2K. Computers. Programming. Fetishes. FUCKING COMPUTERS. Like, raping them. Drilling a hole in them and raping them. I shit you not.

Everybody’s name ends in “son”. Why? I don’t know.

That weird guy who gets more and more numb during the entire movie, and then is unrecognizably different at the end. Why did they include him? Some sort of symbolism? It was delightful quirkiness, regardless.

MORALS: Everyone has a dark side. Rather than persecute those around you for discovering theirs, embrace your own.

BAD STUFF: Should have been called Control Alt Insert, really. Control Alt Delete is already taken by the comic of the same name, and its animated adaptation.

Apparently, sexual fetishes AND computer geekery make for a movie the public hates. Ahh, dumb public. You don’t know what you’re missing. Anything involving weird sex is automatically voted down. Anything involving the dark side of human behavior is automatically voted down. Dumb, dumb public. This was hilarious.

CONCLUSION: An incredibly unique cringe comedy based on computer fetishism and geekery. I’m sorely tempted to give this 5 stars. Never in my life did I think I’d watch a movie with a subplot involving a guy throwing away his Commodore 64 in order to prevent himself from drilling a hole into it and having sex with it. Nor have I watched a movie about Y2K paranoia before…

Clint: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars — a high 4. IMDB: 8.6/10 — a low 9.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3.6/5 stars — a low 4. IMDB: 7.6/10 — a low 8.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 4.5/10, Netflix: 2.2/5 stars (too much for the public to stand, eh?).

RECOMMENDATION: All computer geeks and perverts must see this! It’s a laugh! A subtle, dry, disturbing, cringy laugh.

SIMILAR MOVIES: None. Though one could maybe mention Tetsuo The Iron Man, but that movie is more of a montage of horror than a comedy with a plot.

MOVIE QUOTE: Some good ones, but IMDB isn’t listing any…

Mood: laughing
Music: Torsten Rasch – Alter Mann