Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Patrick Wilson stars as a sex-obsessed, creepy horndog who gets in a scuffle that results in the semi-ironic removal of his testicles in this offbeat comedy with heart by first time writer/director Chris D'Arienzo. Things take a turn for the even more bizarre when shortly after he is slapped with a paternity claim from a girl he doesn't even remember, played by comedy ensemble regular Judy Greer. Instead of requesting a DNA test he views this as a miracle and thus begins his transformation towards maturity. Chloe Sevigny, Jean Smart, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell, and even Billy Dee Williams co-star. (I never thought I'd mention BDW in my blog, unless I ran out of films to discuss and did a 'Star Wars' retrospective. Ummm ... not gonna happen.)
This is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it didn't deserve it's fate of complete obscurity. It's enjoyable enough as a weekend rental or download.
For an even better, albeit much, much darker film starring Patrick Wilson, check out 'Hard Candy' also starring Ellen Page. I won't say much about it, because its surprises should be experienced not read about. But it's worth watching as a companion piece to this film. But beware, that one's intense!