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This is crazy. And by crazy, I mean awesome. And by awesome, I mean insane. And by insane, I mean.. well.. this movie.
I'm not Korean and don't speak the language, but when I happened to find a copy of this with English subtitles I decided to check it out, and I'm totally glad I did.
This is a comedy, but beyond that this is impossible to categorize. There are the Zucker-style "Airplane" moments. There are sex gags on par with anything National Lampoon did in their heyday. There are the heartwarming subplots involving a few budding romances which are genuinely sweet. There are the over-the-top cartoony CGI scenes like something out of "Kung Fu Hustle." It's not just aimless humor, either, it's satire with a message. Everything from school culture to teen promiscuity to multiple religions to Internet celebrity to social class divisions to fetishes and kinks to organized crime is spoofed, twisted around, and put back in its place severely distorted and hilarious. It's a bit like Monty Python's "Life of Brian," in that there is a single real underlying message to the whole film, but it doesn't let that get in the way of taking things off into a whole new crazy direction for a few minutes every now and then.
Unlike many comedies, the characters are not just single-joke constructs. The cast is brilliant, and their characters are well fleshed-out and genuine people, who just happen to live in an over-the-top psychotic world much like our own and do crazy things.
This movie is a total head trip, and it's seriously one of the best movies I've seen this year. Every time you think you've figured it out, it throws something completely new and unexpected at you.
This is the movie that modern overdone self-aware "comedies" like "The New Guy," the last couple of "Scary Movie" installments, or anything made after 1990 with the words "National Lampoon" in the title wish they could be.
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