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Shooting Vegetarians (2005)

Neil, a punk rock vegetarian, is being forced to go into the family butcher business. He decides to save the world instead.





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Credited cast:
Arielle Barone ...
Robert Blacker ...
The Happy Coffee Shop Girl
Oscar A. Colon ...
Jim Czarnecki ...
Joseph DiGennaro ...
H20 concert punk
H2O ...
Stoner #1
Karate Coffee


Neil has been a vegetarian for one thousand two hundred and sixty three days. He and his girlfriend Daisy like to spend their days skateboarding, drinking organic coffee, and driving around talking about the state of the world. Their idyllic existence is shattered when Neil's father, Vic, reveals his grand plan for Neil to become a third generation butcher, and work with him in the Father and Son butcher shop. With no job to support himself, and nowhere else to live, Neil is left with little choice but to report to work with his father. Faced with the bloody reality of slabs of dead meat, Neil runs screaming from the shop, and keeps running and running and running, until he ends up in a deserted skateboard park. There he has a visionary encounter with a Chicken Man, who kicks his ass, and shows him how hypocritical his pseudo-political lifestyle has been. With the Chicken Man's inspirational words ringing in his head, "You know what you are supposed to do", Neil returns to his life ... Written by Anonymous

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The end credits include deleted scenes from the film. One scene includes a cameo by actor Will Keenan, who appears as "Karate Coffee", a man dressed in Karate attire who haphazardly orders coffee in the organic café. Keenan appears at the very end of the end credits. See more »

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Meat Is Murder
2 August 2006 | by (Orlando, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Shooting Vegetarians is a surprisingly thought-provoking film that should be watched by all viewers, from meat-eaters to vegetarians to vegans.

The young hero of our film is Neil, and he is a vegetarian. Our hero initially doesn't appear too concerned with why he's a vegetarian. On occasion, he preaches half-heartedly about the abuse cows endure when they're manufactured for food. Neil's half-heartedness may be contributed to the world's indifference to his convictions.

Either way, his convictions are put to the test when his father presents him with an ultimatum - Neil must work side-by-side with his father in the family's butcher shop, or face being evicted from home by his parents.

Like Moshe (Moses), Neil climbs to the mountain top of the skateboard ramp, faces the Chicken-Gd, channels the Chicken-Gd's wise words, and makes the choice to stand up for his beliefs.

The events that unfold are ambiguously reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Very dark, pessimistic, and altruistic, yet served up with a provocative moral - don't just say you're a vegetarian/vegan, make sure you mean it, and do the right things to protect animals.

Look for a fantastic, avant-garde acting frenzy exhibited by Élodie Bouchez (The Dreamlife Of Angels) as The Happy Coffee Shop Girl, as well as a cameo of actor Will Keenan as Karate Coffee. Keenan appears during the end credits as a karate man asking for a cappuccino at the organic café. You must watch the credits to see his cameo.

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