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Bellflower (2011)

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Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Glodell ...
Woodrow
Jessie Wiseman ...
Milly
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Aiden
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Courtney
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Mike
Zack Kraus ...
Elliot
Keghan Hurst ...
Sarah
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Mad Dog's Waitress
Bradshaw Pruitt ...
Mad Dog's Bartender
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Dirty Trucker
Britta Jacobellis ...
Neighbor With Dogs
Ceaser Flores ...
Scary Man at Party
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Tattoo Guy
Dan Dulle ...
Motorcycle Owner
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Himself
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Bellflower follows two friends as they venture out into the world to begin their adult lives. Literally all their free time is spent building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". While waiting for the world to end, their call to excitement comes unexpectedly when one of them meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love. Quickly integrated into a new group of friends, they set off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies. Often life's simplest and most obvious truths are the hardest to see, but once you've burned everything to the ground it may be the only thing left standing. Written by Coatwolf Productions

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A love story with apocalyptic stakes.

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for disturbing violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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21 March 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ariza Ask  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,279 (USA) (5 August 2011)

Gross:

$167,242 (USA) (4 November 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Evan Glodell and Jessie Wiseman actually had to eat several live crickets during a scene where their characters meet while competing in a cricket eating contest. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the birthday party, as Courtney sits next to Mike on the steps you can see the microphone power supply/transmitter and a red LED on it through her blouse on her back. See more »

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Aiden: Dude you are fucking Lord Humongous. The master of fire, the king of the wasteland. Lord Humongous doesn't get cheated on by some stupid bitch. Lord Humongous doesn't say was it good for you, he doesn't say who called or where were you last night. He doesn't leave the fucking gang when he falls in love. Nobody fucking tells Lord Humongous what to do. Lord Humongous fights when he wants to fights and fucks when he wants to fuck and when all else fails he drives straight into the fucking tanker. ...
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Crazy Credits

In the credit for "MEDUSA CAR RESSURECTION AND SUPERCHARGING," "resurrection" is misspelled. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.24 (2011) See more »

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Written by Jonathan Keevil
Performed by Jonathan Keevil
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22 February 2015 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Two friends who live in an LA suburb spend their time building flamethrowers and tricking out cars. One of them, Woodrow, has a faucet in his car that delivers whiskey.

One night at a party he meets a girl named Milly. She's not all that attractive but has an attractive personality. She's roommates with some guy named Mike who acts like a big brother to her.

On the first date Woodrow and Milly instead of going to a nice restaurant, she convinces him to take her to the nastiest place he's been to, which turns out to be in Texas. They drive over there, he beats up a guy who fondles her, she convinces him to get a motorcycle that would look good for his imaginary post-apocalyptic gang, so he trades the car for the bike. When they return home they start a relationship, even though she tells him she will end up hurting him.

One day, Milly looks bored and not interested in him anymore, and sure enough, when he returns home early, he find her having sex with Mike. As he leaves in a rage, he's hit by a car and ends up in the hospital.

When he comes out, his friend Aiden has bought him a muscle car to upgrade but it's Aiden who spends his time tuning it for him, turning the exhausts into flame throwers. But Woodrow isn't into it. He thinks a lot about Milly. But since it's Aiden's friend Courtney who's taking care of him of sorts, he hooks up with her. Not a bad thing since she's actually much cuter than Milly.

Suddenly Mike shows up demanding Milly's stuff. So the guys end up dumping her stuff on Mike's yard and burning it. When Mike shows up with a bat he gets a beating. So he ends up kidnapping Woodrow and tattooing his face. And that will lead to the strange outcome.

Bellflower is an unusual movie for sure. It looks different but good because it's filmed mostly during the day and outdoors a lot. It also places us in a environment that is unusual for movies--some lower middle-class suburbs. Sadly not in the city of Bellflower nor Bellflower blvd. but Bellflower ave., wherever that is. The two kids and the two girls are very likable. The guys are geeks, who live a bit in a world of fantasy, but there's not a single mean bone in them. The relationships with the girls are also well-handled. There's a lot of innocence, tentativeness, lots of giggles. But unfortunately, when things are going well for out characters, there's only one direction a movie will takes us, and it's not the place we want to go, which even more unfortunately, is somewhat realist. Woodrow loves Milly, but once she has him, once the challenge is lost, she loses interest and becomes bored. At that point she doesn't care about his feelings anymore. But even until the end we get some surprises. Bellflower could have been shortened a bit, it could have been a bit more edgy, but it's a tremendous achievement for actor/writer/director Glodell who shows remarkable potential.


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