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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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8 February 2005 (USA)  »

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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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Does the goal justify the means?
25 April 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

At first, the portrayal of a punk-rock group of not-so-bright young people who seem to have no plan with their lives apart from sticking to their vegetarian principles, seemed a little weak to me. However, it's the feeling of uselessness that motivates the main character to do stand up and do something. Unfortunately, the conflict between his beliefs and his carnivoristic family, fueled by group-think and love for his girlfriend, makes him lose all contact with reality.

After watching the DVD, the first thing that came to my mind was the tragedy we had in The Netherlands in 2002, during the elections, which were 'disturbed' by a member of a radical animal protection movement. The mental state of that man resembled in a way that of Neil, the main character.

The acting is fine, especially that of Guillermo Diaz (Neil), who -from time to time- clearly stands out above the other characters. The sets are simple but nicely chosen (especially the colorful Happy Coffeeshop), as is the time-line of the plot, guided by the narrator (Neil) and some well-placed flashbacks and flash-forwards. Let it be clear that the message in this drama (or thriller if you like) is very serious, despite some funny scenes.

For a low-budget film, with a script originally written by Mikey Jackson at age 19, this could really achieve some sort of cult-status, which made me rate this movie a 7 (out of 10).

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