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See Dick Die (1999)

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The story has many twists and turns among its four main characters. Karen wants to leave her husband for "another woman". The other woman, Monica, is a former drug addict rescued from an ... See full summary »

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Jo Marr ...
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The story has many twists and turns among its four main characters. Karen wants to leave her husband for "another woman". The other woman, Monica, is a former drug addict rescued from an almost certain death on the streets of Los Angeles. However their plan to be together becomes complicated when Karen learns that her husband is terminally ill with cancer. She feels obliged to stay with him until the bitter end. Meanwhile her husband, Ricky, asks Dr. Schreck for an assisted suicide (euthanasia) scheduled to occur on his birthday. After the husband's passing, life becomes idyllic for the two woman. Moreover, there is the promise of the imminent arrival of a large inheritance of 3 million dollars left by her husband. But the creepy Dr Schreck wont go away, and keeps appearing in the two women's lives. Schreck secretly drugs Monica in order to discredit her in Karen's eyes, which leads to a catastrophic ending of their relationship. Then on the day the inheritance money arrives, the ... Written by Peter Gray <dp@petergray.org>

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A psychological thriller with a rich tapestry of images and sounds. A conceptual tour de force.

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Film Threat Magazine Review
6 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One can't help getting the feeling that director Elvis Restaino gave his lead character the name "Richard" just so he could use the title "See Dick Die." Clever. Especially since this isn't the Dick and Jane we remember from those grade school readers.

They weren't dying of inoperable cancer, for one thing; an affliction Richard faces in this provocative video. Confronted with the prospect of a slow and painful withering away, a process that could take anywhere from three months to three years, Richard decides to enlist the services of the mysterious Dr. Schrek. As Richard's attractive girlfriend Karen discovers when the not-so-kindly doctor knocks on their door, the notorious, intensely soft-spoken, creepy-looking Dr. Kevorkian type is as likely to frighten his prospective clients to death as he is to fulfill his commitment to helping the terminally ill commit suicide. Though Karen clearly no longer loves Richard, her passionate anti-assisted suicide beliefs at first lead her to vehemently oppose Richard's plan on principal. Only at the very end, when Schrek arrives to spirit his visibly emasculated patient away in his van does she haltingly come around to accepting his wishes.

Just as this storyline winds down, Restaino introduces a second, seemingly unrelated tale involving Karen and Monica, a sexy lesbian and recovering heroin addict whom Karen almost runs down on a rainy night. Yet, with Karen on the verge of recovering Richard's life insurance money, Dr. Schrek not-so-coincidentally re-enters the picture when Monica mysteriously backslides into using again.

"See Dick Die" is really nothing like the staid TV movie the above synopsis may make it sound like. The synopsis, for instance, can't begin to convey the video's sheer nihilistic attitude. This visually provocative piece manages to push the right buttons on its way to conveying its pro-assisted suicide, anti-drug message without being too preachy about it. It also manages to convey a palpably erotic lesbian undercurrent without being blatantly exploitative about it.

Still, the film is a muddled mess; the coherency of its plot(s) obscured by its visual slickness. "See Dick Die" is, like so many films that try to push the visual parameters, a spectacularly gaudy near miss that's as visually impressive as it is confusing. The one thing that's for certain is that no one will mistake this intensely gloomy video for the screen adaptation of the relentlessly cheerful grade school readers.


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