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Flakes (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 March 2007 (USA)
A cereal bar manager with dreams of making it big as a rock star, is admired by the locals in town until a greedy capitalist steals his entrepreneurial business.

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Aspiring rock musician Neal Downs manages a cereal bar. Stylish Miss Pussy Katz is the creator of radically-themed art clothing. When the cereal bar, brings in an offbeat crew of locals, who debate the arcana of cereal history and ideal milk/flake ratios, an aspiring capitalist rips off their concept. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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A tasty tale of love and war!

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Comedy

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Not Rated

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$476 (USA) (23 December 2007)

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$778 (USA) (23 December 2007)
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The homeless extras were recruited from local homeless shelters. See more »

Quotes

Ashton Hale: Having a 300 IQ is kind of like having a twenty-inch dick. I mean it's real impressive, but when you get right down to it there's not a whole lot of it you can actually use.
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References The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) See more »

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Sweet Love
Written by Catterina Tasso & Felipe Ceballos
Performed by The May Fire
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Tries way too hard, fails badly.
3 December 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Having somehow sat through this movie, the one good thing I can say about it is "well, at least the concept is original". The rest of it, though? Utter garbage.

The film is horribly acted, the characters mumble and groan their lines in disinterested fashion, and Zooey Deschanel attacks her role as Miss Pussy Katz with the same dull, wooden lifelessness that she always does. How she is thought of as a good actress by anyone is beyond me.

The writing is poor, and it tries way too hard to appeal to your typical hipster demographic, though the fact that it somehow manages to have more painfully faux-indie dialog than Diablo Cody's "Juno" is an accomplishment in and of itself. The two main characters are also absurdly named, reinforcing the whole notion that the movie is simply trying too hard. Calling characters "Neal Downs" and "Miss Pussy Katz" is beyond silly, and feels like it's been done sheerly in an attempt to be quirky.

The message of "Capitalism is bad!" gets shoved down your throat from the start - Deschanel even quips that "you can't nurture your soul while sitting atop a pile of money" - and by the end, you're praying for this garbage to end, which it does, in the cheesiest, most predictable way possible, a shame, since you'd think a movie with an original concept might have an original ending.

The "comedy" is virtually non-existent, and not once during the movie did I laugh, nor did I even spot many attempts at making a joke. May I just don't "get" it because I'm not cool enough.

A dull, lifeless, 85 minutes (or thereabouts) that feels like twice that. Avoid it.


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