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They may have toys in their millions all under one roof, but Breaking Bad dolls is a step too far for Toys R Us…
Here’s one from our ‘you couldn’t make this up’ department. While Breaking Bad merchandise is to be expected, who would have thought that a Toys R Us exec would deem it a good idea to sell them in a kids’ toy shop?
Being able to pick up a Walter White or Jesse Pinkman doll – complete with meth-based accessories! - in the same shop as Lego, My Little Pony and Tickle Me Elmo (is that still a thing?) apparently doesn’t go down well with parents. Who could have guessed?
"While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," wrote Susan Schrivjer, the »
A gloriously ambitious, spectacularly misguided Frankenstein’s monster of a movie that combines Soviet-era iconography, Eastern European folklore and Western consumer-culture critique with a dash of song and dance, “Patch Town” imagines a world where babies are harvested from cabbage fields, sold to children as dolls, then rounded up and enslaved to work in a prison-like toy factory. That’s an epic undertaking for any debuting feature helmer, and one has to admire the sheer scale of Craig Goodwill’s vision (first implemented in his 2011 short film), even if the writing and direction reveal that he’s not yet up to the task.
Still, better to have overreached and failed than to play it safe, and no one involved is less than fully committed to a project that, had it worked, might have sat alongside such mad-dreamer movies as “Brazil” and “The City of Lost Children.” Goodwill must have had »
- Peter Debruge
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