Fast Food (1999)
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This is funny/sad/violent and better than I thought it would be. The first conversation when the 4 friends compose a song "Benny's Back" to welcome him is very funny.
These dumb and dumber guys decide to get out of their circumstances by robbing the neighborhood candy store which is really a drug money operation. Their trip to buy guns is very funny. They have a party where Benny is given too much to drink and some drugs and goes into a trance like state.
From here on, even more than from the beginning setup shots, I wondered if we are to see this as real or a nightmare. Guns blaze, people are killed, but we see no cops, no other humans in the buildings or on the streets, no traffic, deserted subways; just the main characters and those they deal with.
All the segments with the girl Letitia are soft focus, through a haze and too much light. Real or surreal? When Benny and Letitia are run down by the car - but in the next frame are up again - real or dream/nightmare?
Some funny lines have worked their way into usage "I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you." And "First rule of robbery? Pillage before you burn." A small film that makes you think - or just turn it off. Take you pick. I liked it a lot. 8/10
The film also made good use of Blur's "Song 2", which was, at the time, relatively new and hadn't yet been overplayed and overused. In fact, the soundtrack as a whole was good. Too bad it's not available.
I don't quite understand the bad rap this film has gotten. Perhaps some aren't able to see beyond the cheap, grainy film quality or the uneven lighting. Someone, somewhere, once upon a time, thought enough of it to bring it to Cannes in 1998, which all things considered, says a lot, especially for a first effort from an unknown director (Stewart Sugg).