Monty is a bodybuilder. His gym is the very heart of his existence. He is aggressively male, outrageously narcissistic and a bigot. Sharing this strange world is Monty's cerebral and emotionally wounded younger brother, Bertin. One stormy day, the brothers' bizarre but settled lives are suddenly disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Lilith, a Catholic nun collecting contributions for an unusual cause. Lilith's arrival is the catalyst required to generate a momentous change in Bertin's relationship with his brother, a change that results in the astonishing and gruesome downfall of the vainglorious Monty. Written by
The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored John Albo by selecting his screenplay, "Flexing with Monty," for placement in it's permanent Core Collection in the Margaret Herrick Library. The screenplay will be made available for research purposes to students, filmmakers, writers, actors, and to regular patrons of the Academy's Library. See more »
The cast is listed "in order of appearance" but it lists Rudi Davis first. Trevor Goddard as Monty appeared first before the opening titles, then Rudi Davis as Bertin appeared after the title and credits rolled. See more »
I always thought Quentin Tarantino was the best at pressing my squick button (I still cannot watch "Pulp Fiction" without feeling a bit queasy), but this movie takes the cake.
It was interesting, but only in the sort of way an auto accident you are passing by on the road is. (I spent a fair amount of time on fast forward.) It is an intense movie; there are a couple of WTF moments: Bertin, the younger brother, purchases a man in a birdcage (sort of a man--he does not seem to mind or notice that he is caged), and we find out late in the movie that the alleged brothers are really father and son. One review I saw said that Warhol would have loved this, and, I don't know, I guess so.
I was saddened to learn Trevor Goddard (Monty, the older brother) is no longer with us. He and the others do a nice job.
Recommended, with reservations. There's a fair share of homophobia, homoeroticism, incest and S&M, and some wild sets. Does that make for a good movie?--well, perhaps.
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