My Big Fat Independent Movie
Director: Philip Zlotorynski
Screenplay: Adam Schwartz, Chris Gore
Cast: Paget Brewster, Neil Barton, Ashley Head, Eric Hoffman, Brian Krow, Darren Keefe
Studio: Aloha/Film Threat
First Appeared in The Music Box, May 2006, Volume 13, #5
Written by John Metzger
Where Scary Movie poked fun at horror films and Airplane! mocked disaster flicks, My Big Fat Independent Movie attempts to skewer a low-budget industry that has become a major business. Unfortunately, more often than not, the picture doesn’t succeed, and part of the problem undoubtedly lies with the fact that most of the more than two dozen films that director Philip Zlotorynski, along with screenwriters Adam Schwartz and Chris Gore, attempted to ridicule actually were quite good. To their credit, they do uncover the formulaic approach that drives the industry — that is, the arty abandonment of convention just for the sake of it — but in doing so, they completely lose their focus. Simply put, spoofs are supposed to be funny, and My Big Fat Independent Movie is tediously humor-free. Making matters worse, its creators uniformly managed to transform the clichés into cliché by subverting their well-designed intentions with cheap, bawdy humor. Clint Howard might elicit a smile for his portrayal of The Mechanic, which takes a stab at Harvey Keitel’s performance in Pulp Fiction, and Neil Hopkins virtually steals the show with a brief but downright impeccable impersonation of Christopher Walken. Still, there are no real laughs to be found within the picture’s 80-minute duration, and instead My Big Fat Independent Movie is, at best, a sophomoric mess. (½ star)
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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