movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Facebook link] [Official site — you can also watch it here, and pay what you feel like paying for the expeirence.] “A story that will touch you. Inappropriately.”

PEOPLE: Made by a bunch of people nobody has heard of, but with some notable actors in minor parts. Gabriel McIver plays the sex offender, but this is only his 2nd movie. Kristen Tucker plays the sex offender’s girlfriend, and has been in a few other movies, but nothing anybody has seen. Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express, Superbad, Detroit Rock City, True Romance) plays Grabok. Nick Offerman (Briggs from Children’s Hospital, Parks & Recreation, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Wristcutters:A Love Story, Sin City) plays Simmons. Director Richard Linklater (A Scanner Darkly, Dazed And Confused, SubUrbia, Waking Life) plays a principal. The parole officer, Suzy Nakamura, was in some eps of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was in Dodgeball:A True Underdog Story, and was one of the speed daters in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Okay, maybe the cast isn’t completely unknown — but these are definitely minor players.

PLOT SUMMARY: A sex offender gets out of prison, and tries to live a normal life.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] System fails to lock up child pornographer. (This is quite the awkward exaggeration, as the movie reveals what really put him in prison, and it was truly an honest mistake that did not represent anything morally wrong.)

QUIRKS: Mockumentary style. So a lot of the movie seems to be single-take scenes with improvisation. Like most mockumentaries, it has lots of weak parts, but also lots of funny parts.

VISUALS: A Dobbshead!!! You could only see the top of his hair, because the guy wearing the SubGenius shirt was wearing a smock over it — but there’s no mistaking that hairline as being one J.R. “Bob” Dobbs! Awesome!!

20101011 - screenshot - R.S.O. - Registered Sex Offender - partial Dobbshead

MORALS: You know… The guy is kind of a pervy douchebag… Reminding me of Glen… But in truth, he never really did anything to deserve going to prison for 3 years. It’s not revealed until later in the movie what he did to become a sex offender. And it’s kind of cool NOT knowing what he did. But if anyone must know: [highlight for spoilers] He took a picture of his dick with a balloon tied to it, and sent it to his girlfriend. But he wrote the wrong address, so a 3rd grader opened up the card instead. An honest mistake. Not one deserving of jail time, or being on a sex offender registry.. And he takes flak for not admitting he did something wrong, too.

POLITICS: Shows some of the ridiculous lengths that sex offenders must go through when exiting prison, as well as how you can wind up on a list that makes people think you are a child molester, even if you’ve actually done nothing to hurt any actual children. Murderers and people who commit violent crimes (which this guy did not) have it easier, which makes no sense. Actual child rapists? Yes, put them through something. But what this guy did in this movie? Not deserving of the treatment he received.

GOOD STUFF: Some new situations to make jokes in! I’ve never seen jokes about sex offender thearpy sessions before. This movie has some unique humor, even if it isn’t the fuinniest.

BAD STUFF: Not polished filmmaking. Mockumentaries almost always are mediocre, lazy filmmaking. But it works as a vehicle to deliver some creepy, awkward, situationally unique humor.

CONCLUSION: A decently funny mockumentary full of creepily awkward situations to place humor in.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3.2/5 stars. IMDB: 6.4/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.0/10, Netflix: 2.4/5 stars (ouch!) (but Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–waaaayyyy higher than average).

RECOMMENDATION: If you can stand mockumentaries, here’s a decent one to watch. WAAAY funnier than Rock, Paper, Scissors:Way Of The Tosser. Don’t be repelled by the fact that it’s about a sex offender. That actually makes this funnier.

SIMILAR MOVIES: This is actually pretty unique.

MOVIE QUOTE: Plenty of awkward ones, but nothing listed on IMDB for me to copy-paste here.

Mood: buzzy
Music: Danzig – The Mandrake’s Cry