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The Anarchist Cookbook (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  1 June 2002 (USA)
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A dramedy that centers on a self-procalimed anarchist and his like-minded friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Black
Double D
Moon Child
Johnny Red
Amy Greenspun ...
News Reporter
Cool Teen
Marcus Moziek ...
Golden Chick Dude
Judge William Haversford
Matt Prescott Morton ...
Shoplifting Dude (as Matt Morton)


A dramedy that centers on a self-procalimed anarchist and his like-minded friends.

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Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »




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1 June 2002 (USA)  »

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The college the group takes a tour of in the beginning is the Collin County Community College in Plano. See more »


Dictionarry: Anarchy: A state of society without government or laws.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


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Written by Bnjie Bollox & John Beach
Performed by The Visitors
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Not about anarchism, Not about cooking....
10 January 2004 | by (Lewisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

Well.. if anarchism needed an SLC Punk, we certainly have it. Here is the plot of this crap of a film:

Puck and a bunch of his friends live with this old anarchist/hippy in this communal house. everything is peachy and wonderful and they do small actions here and there, but mostly are just living a nice little anti-authoritarian lifestyle.

along comes this guy who calls himself "Johnny Black" (ohhhhhh punk rock!). he has different ideas for this little group. first he introduces them to (you guessed it) the Anarchist Cookbook. You know, that book you all read when you were in middle school. It "teaches" you how to make bombs and drugs. mostly it's a bunch of crap.

well, they're all against it at first. and everyone really dislikes johnny black. but they can't tell him to leave because they're anarchists and, i guess, according to this movie, anarchists can't tell people to leave. hm.. if that were really the case, you think there'd be WAY more anarchists. anyway, it turns out the older hippy anarchist likes little boys (????) and his girlfriend finds out and leaves him. and then they're raided by the cops.

they go to jail for various things. johnny black gets 3 years, but is going to be out in 4months. puck moves into his parent's house and spends more time with his girlfriend. they met at a punk show, she is a dominatrix by night and a member of the young republicans at a christian school by day (i thought that was cute).

puck also gets a real job at a starbucks like place. there's a neat sequence of making espressos that's supposed to look like requiem for a dream. pretty cool.

so johnny black gets out of jail and finds puck and starts to live with him. but puck is afraid to tell him to leave because johnny black is a hardcore mofo and would bust a cap in his ass. so then puck and johnny find a new place and everyone agrees that johnny black is in charge. i'm not sure how that happened though. even the hippy guy is kissing johnny black's ass. makes no sense. i was lost.

and then all of a sudden, johnny black holds a gun party and invites neo-nazis and militia guys and puck freaks out because everyone is cool with this. during the freak out, he delivers the only good line in the movie.

"There are only a few things worse than the US federal government and right now they're ALL sitting in my living room!" pretty nice.

so puck has this friend (who's been in the movie.. if you're confused, puck = Steve-O and his friend = the bob guy, both from SLC Punk). anyway, puck's friend ODs on johnny black's pills and puck + the hippy guy and this other guy and some girl who was arrested for going down on another girl either in the movie get together and formulate a plan to get rid of johnny black.

the night before a big action that includes the "anarchists", the nazis and the militia guys, puck and the others cook up a bunch of "puckcakes" which look like pancakes, but have drugs in them to put the nazis, etc to sleep. or to kill them , it's not very clear. well, johnny black finds out and there is a confrontation that's somewhat humorous, because at this point, you hate everyone in the film, and anyone getting beat up with an iron pan from the stove is just wonderful.

so everyone except for puck, the hippy guy, that girl and one other guy are unconscious. they all talk about what they're going to do and then puck does what any anarchist would do. he goes to the FBI. the FBI raids the house, arrests everyone and puck goes.. no, not jail time, but $200,000 dollars for the arrest of johnny black and one of the nazis.

so at the end of the movie, puck changes his name back to peter (his given name) and goes to work at the ronald reagon library in california with his republican girlfriend.

ok... so that's the movie.

anyway, they blew a GREAT opportunity here. they could have made a movie about how the FBI infiltrates activist groups and tries to get them to do illegal & violent things (FBI used to do this a lot more.. it's been made illegal now, so they have to be a LOT better at hiding it). basically, they made a crap movie that combined Fight Club and SLC Punk. johnny black was a horrible brat pitt.

it's not even fun to watch. just a horrid movie that, like SLC Punk, basically says, "what you believe doesn't matter, just be a good kid and stop all that punk rock stuff."

the only extras on the disc are the director's commentary where he apologizes over and over for making such a crap film. ok.. he doesn't do that. well, i figured he doesn't, i've not actually had the guts to listen to the commentary track.

wow, what a crap film. very crap indeed.

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