A mixed-format experimental film about a damaged young man looking for a job. We've screened some challenging films on NoBudge but this one takes the cake. Maddeningly obstinate to the point of absurdity, it’s a provocation of the highest order. The movie is ABOUT how unlikable its protagonist is. In almost every scene, someone is calling him out as a liar, as an idiot, as infuriating, ”You're the worst human being in the entire world."
We never quite understand if his personality is a put-on, or if he has a legitimate social disorder or brain damage. His story is constantly shifting — either he’s lazy to the point of paralysis, or he’s an drug addict with post traumatic stress. Either way, it’s fascinating to witness.
His outlandish attitudes about life are consistently intriguing. The central thread in the film concerns the man’s search for a job (though we rarely see him leave his house). He doesn’t wanna work at Target because he doesn’t wanna deal with “entitled retards.” His exasperated friend responds, “you’re the most entitled retard I know.” Instead, his plan to acquire work is to either act mentally disabled or do more drugs, “If I become a junky, I could get AA to give me a job.”
Scenes drag on and on, covering the same ground, long stretches of repeating dialogue, it falls into a hazy rhythm that can become comical, chock full of absurd dialogue that rotates between the abstract and the site-specific, “there are all these wonderful things you can buy at the grocery store, like Hamburger Helper and Rice-a-Roni.”
The film is utterly uncompromising, a nightmarish existential void mixed up in Super 8, VHS, 16mm and HD. Wouldn’t blame ya if you weren’t willing to dig through 155 minutes of experimental sludge led by a self-proclaimed liar, but if you are, there’s something to it. These days, it’s difficult for cinema to be shocking, but this a shocking film. Directed by Cameron Worden.