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The Dark Backward (1991)

R | | Comedy | 9 March 1991 (USA)
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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Bielfuss
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Shirley
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A man pursues stand-up comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is, he actually stinks. When the "comedian" grows a third arm out of his back, the friend uses this twist to get him signed up with a sleazy talent agent, and it begins to look like his career is on the move, even though his girlfriend has left him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for brief scenes of bizarre, comic sensuality | See all certifications »

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Director Adam Rifkin wrote the screenplay when he was 19 years old. See more »

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Gus: I will laugh SO hard, my stomach will burst open and spray bile all over the stage!
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Creepy Stuff
14 February 2004 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

This movie is creepy and amazing. It's like an overlong Liquid Television sketch. The actors, the sets, everything looks dirty and depressing. Bil Paxton is never clean, Jud Nelson never stops sweating, Laura Flynn Boyle never looks happy, and the town never has sunlight. It'll throw you off if not prepared, but honestly, it's a great movie. It makes no sense, except in the world it created, and that's the beauty of it. This movie is great.


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