From an audacious opening scene that runs over 22 minutes (before the credits!) to an ending that is as quiet as it is disquieting, SON OF A SEAHORSE is an unusual (and unusually satisfying) comedy from the Russells.
A geriatric mother and her twenty-something son on a road trip to meet some dastardly drug dealers in order to replenish a supply of certain herbs. The son is totally straight-edge, while the mother is a recreational drug 'addik.'
GDMF is more concerned with the aftermath of something awful than the act itself
A shocking coincidence at a party sets an uncomfortable tone in James M. Johnston's GDMF. The film playfully begins with an exotic dancer describing an odd fetish of one of her clients. Certainly setting the awkward tone at the beginning, GDMF proves to take its uneasiness even further with an accidental act that makes her professional line of work seem just the same as any cubical jockey's. Interestingly enough, the act itself isn't enough for Johnston, as he shows us the unlikely aftermath which compels the viewer to question who really is or is not the victim of this bizarre tale. The gritty look of the film and the slamming music of Top Secret...Shhh really fits the overall design of the film as a whole. And the cinematography at the end, with a scene involving a mother and a daughter, is absolutely perfect.
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