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American Crude (2008)

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The paths of several eccentric and troubled strangers cross one night.



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Four lives collide in one crazy night.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Crude - Follie in America  »

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In his opening voice-over, the character Johnny Grand (Ron Livingston) attributes the quote "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive," to William Shakespeare. Sir Walter Scott actually wrote that in Marmion in 1808, about 192 years after Shakespeare died. This probably is the quote most often erroneously attributed to Shakespeare. See more »


Carlos: Do you believe in god? I ASKED YOU A QUESTION... Do you BELIEVE IN GOD?
[her captor nods]
Carlos: Well guess what... he does not believe in you!
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Written by Jason Solowsky
Performed by The Jason Solowsky Ensemble
Courtesy of JRSBACH Music (BMI)
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Hooker, Nudity, Sex With Multiple Partners, Lesbianism, Hermaphrodite, Pot Smoking, Coke, Electrocution, Pedophile, and Killings !

..These are some of the movie's plot keys. Yes, you read it right; "some" !

Was Craig Sheffer, the actor and the movie's director, trying to make a crime movie ? Was he trying to make a satire about the "night" of America then thought of presenting it in a comic style ? Was he trying to make a black comedy ? Was he – oh god – thinking that it's a comedy from the start ? Whatever the answer is, that guy made an ugly, disturbing and disturbed movie.

Originally many problems in one night could produce a fine comedy, black or else. But many problems in one movie could produce just a bad movie. It is made in such a poor, primitive and messy way. The script thinks itself a genius, while mixing the genres together, in one night, with many story lines, and absurd spirit. But it lost being anything good or bearable. What it did win though was having a one of a kind silly sense of humor; and it's damn natural since it's directed by Sheffer; one of the silliest actors alive !

I bet that none of the movie's cast knew what the main goal was. I guess Sheffer told them that he wanted to make a satiric cross between Pulp Fiction and American Pie. So sometimes it's about bloody crimes, then it's about crude comedy, then it's about both, then it's about the ugliness of America, then it's about just ugliness !

It's "let's put some of the dirtiest matters on screen for the sake of making a satire". It turned into a great satire towards stupid movie-making mainly. Here's a movie that feeds itself, and us, with massive amount of dirt, a monster of a comedy, and low movie-making to torture everyone sat to complete it. Thus putting the American flag at the top of the movie's presented crimes wasn't something serious about "only in America"; it was rather a try to sell the movie's own crimes as something serious !

Anyway don't be confused, asking was it a comedy? A satire? A black comedy? A crime movie? A soft porn?? Because in fact it is confused. It tried to say that America has become a big toilet, but ended up as a big toilet itself. Thus I won't say "give it a chance and think about it", instead I'll say "don't forget to flush" !

(American Crude) is a dictionary of dirtiness and bad movie-making. It's nasty matters shown in nasty way.

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