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The Last Real Cowboys (2000)

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In the late 1800s, somewhere in the West, two cowboys, the laconic Tar and the prolix Slope, sit by a daytime campfire eating beans. Their cattle are somewhere nearby. Slope begins to ... See full summary »

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In the late 1800s, somewhere in the West, two cowboys, the laconic Tar and the prolix Slope, sit by a daytime campfire eating beans. Their cattle are somewhere nearby. Slope begins to wonder about things, including a line about "the child inside all of us," something a Chinese told them just before Tar shot him. Slope talks about skipping, something he hasn't done since he was a kid. He keeps talking, even through it's making Tar uncomfortable. Then Slope slips off his boots, stands up, and, indeed, starts to skip. What will Tar do? And what if they and their inner children aren't alone? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Tar: You so much as bunny hop an' I'll cut your heart out.
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Well worth a look
5 March 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is certainly one of the stranger short films I've recently watched. For one thing, unlike 99% of the short films out there, this one has recognizable Hollywood stars--Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Jones. While Jones isn't a name you'll probably recall, you no doubt have seen him in dozens of TV shows (such as "Home Improvement"). For another, the plot is just totally weird--and I mean REALLLLY weird! Most of the short involves Thornton and Jones having a conversation that is completely bizarre considering they both are rough and tumble cowboys. Apparently Jones had heard something about his "inner child" and he now wondered if maybe he needed to get in touch with his lost youth. So, out of the blue, he begins skipping about like an idiot! The best part about all this is the dialog--it's really surreal and bizarre--something you really need to hear for yourself.

While I loved the acting and idea, I must say that the film ends on a real downer! While this film may not be for all tastes, it is funny and actually has a lot to say about masculinity and the gender roles we in which we are forced to conform.


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