A ramshackle classic built around 2 scrappy, squabbling friends. One of my favorite movies of any time, it was the first on NoBudge and the main inspiration to start the site. It's been unavailable for the last year but it's back with a fresh re-edit to mark our 3 year anniversary.
It begins with a spat over a haircut. Danny wants the "Air Force" and Will is fucking it up. "Man, you really fucked this up. I can't do anything with this. I thought you said you knew how to be a barber." And the bickering continues and it's infectious. The threadbare plan is to get Will's truck repaired and head to Vegas. Why? Because that's what men in their 20's do, look for adventure, go to the flashy place with the loose morals. Of course, life is not the movies and when you go to Vegas in real life, you don't always find adventure, especially since neither Bill or Danny are particularly equipped to handle the outside world. (cont'd below)
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Director Brad Bores and actor Danny Bobbe are distinct & charismatic performers with unbelievable odd couple chemistry. And they love to drink beer and talk tough, "Dude when you tell a woman to throw something in the oven and they can't do it, that's when you throw them out of the house." Or when Will is disturbed that his professor friend wouldn't hook up with a 18 year student. Masculine bravado is all over, nostalgia for a simpler time when men didn't have to be so sensitive. It might be offensive if it wasn't such a song & dance. Not to mention, their bravado turns tepid around strangers. As in, when Will and Danny meet two gorgeous girls in their Vegas hotel elevator. Two handsome men in nice suits on the outside are two scared little boys on the inside who can't muster any kind of real advance. But when the women do call back, of their own volition, the guys can't believe it and have to restrain their intense giddiness so much they can hardly speak.
Wishful, Sinful represents the quintessential 'film without a home'. It entered the world in 2010 to broad disinterest from anybody programming or distributing films and remains steadfastly obscure. But don't let anybody ever tell you that films fall into obscurity because they don't stack up. Wishful, Sinful stacks up to any DIY classic of any age. More than anything, it was a victim of bad timing. Mumblecore backlash was full tilt. The last thing anybody wanted to watch was a 50 minute movie shot in shaky standard def where nothing happens. But despite Wishful, Sinful's cheap production values and twenty-something white male gaze, there's no quiet relationship chatter anywhere in sight, the men of Wishful Sinful just want to talk rough, get drunk and wrestle. Insecurities and ineptitude on display in over-the-top yelling matches are routine and hilarious, and make for a film that can be watched over and over. If you've been here since the beginning, maybe you've seen it, but once is not enough times. You know what to do. And happy 3rd anniversary to us!