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Posted by: Angry Bear, May 26th, 2018, 10:25pm
I saw the logline for this  film in my local movie guide. It sounded intriguing to me. Was rated decently and I'm  thriller fan so...

Never got around to see it in the theaters. I'm glad I didn't...

It showed up on my Cox On Demand thing. I've never paid for VOD before but decided to spring for the $6. BAD move! What a fucking horrible movie! There was nothing thrilling about this film. It tried to be funny, but there was nothing funny about it. The characters were caricatures of sitcom characters. If I had seen this in a theater, I would've walked out. Now I just wished I could get my money back.

Last night, I watched The Belko Experiment. It was free. I would gladly have paid 6 bucks to see it.  
Posted by: kev, May 28th, 2018, 10:37am; Reply: 1
Interesting! I thought this was one of the better mainstream comedies to come out in some time. I thought it was fun, mostly due to Bateman and McAdams' chemistry. However, I did find the supporting characters to be caricatures as you said.

Some of the "shenanigans" that went on felt a little groan-worthy and I think it should have ended before the final set piece, but hey, I left the theater satisfied for what it was. The jokes could have been better, but one thing I noticed with this movie was that the audience was in uproar for each gag. It never produced an audible laugh from me, however, I did find it interesting to see how well it worked for the target audience.

My biggest grievance with this one though was that they gave up the best part of the premise too early. I thought they should have played around with the characters naivety to what was really happening for much longer. It felt like a comedic gold mine of a premise that they bypassed prematurely. Overall though, I had more fun with it than I thought I would. I think it could have been a real winner if it embraced itself as more of a dark comedy and was handled with a little more indie flair a la Duplass brothers or Todd Berger.
Posted by: Angry Bear, May 28th, 2018, 1:12pm; Reply: 2
Maybe because I didn't know before hand that it was intended to be comedy. In my bit of coming across it online, all I saw was "thriller". Had I known about the comedy, I would never have paid for it. I didn't even finish it.  :-/
Posted by: Demento, May 29th, 2018, 7:54pm; Reply: 3
About what you would expect. I would assume a majority of the mainstream audience dug this movie. I didn't, but I'm sure a fair share of people did.
Posted by: Dreamscale, July 23rd, 2018, 1:07pm; Reply: 4
Watched this on PPV with my girlfriend over the weekend - it was her choice...not mine.

She really liked it.  I thought it was funny at times, weird at other times, and plain old whacko all the time.

R rated comedies are always hit and miss, and IMO, the writer and director were smart to make this an over the top comedy, as opposed to playing things straight.

And, I think this is why some will hate this flick, as it isn't supposed to be remotely realistic and once you buy into that, for me at least, it ain't a bad ride.

Grade - C+
Posted by: eldave1, July 24th, 2018, 4:49pm; Reply: 5
Watched the first 20 minutes - horrendous - bailed
Posted by: Dreamscale, July 24th, 2018, 4:59pm; Reply: 6

Quoted from eldave1
Watched the first 20 minutes - horrendous - bailed

;D ;D ;D ;D

I actually thought the first 20 minutes or so was the best of the movie, and I did laugh quite a bit at first...then things went very whacko and all over the place.

Posted by: eldave1, July 26th, 2018, 11:07am; Reply: 7

Quoted from Dreamscale

;D ;D ;D ;D

I actually thought the first 20 minutes or so was the best of the movie, and I did laugh quite a bit at first...then things went very whacko and all over the place.

Glad I bailed then!
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