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The Big Sleaze (2010)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  26 February 2010 (USA)
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Chuck Peterson is a young slacker with big dreams. Disowned by his family and ignored by his peers, he diligently pursues his dreams of writing a fantastic children's book to become famous ... See full summary »

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Chuck Peterson
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Carrie Wayne
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Steve Harlow - Freelance Rouster
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Jane Forster
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Chuck Peterson is a young slacker with big dreams. Disowned by his family and ignored by his peers, he diligently pursues his dreams of writing a fantastic children's book to become famous and strike it rich. But due to a bipolar disorder and lack of creative talent, he slums his way through life relying on small time scams to keep himself afloat. When his gangster roommate makes him an offer he can't refuse, Chuck immediately takes the chance to clear himself of all his debts. But things go from bad to worse when the plan makes Chuck a prime murder suspect among a plethora of pornographers and terrorists! Written by Anonymous

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Rick Adams: You must think I'm a real pansy, huh. Some little fruit that visits museums and eats bagels. Watches movies in French... Well, I'm joining the police academy next week - just for that reason - to put art bullies like you back in their place!
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A Wild Dogs Production Presents Postmodern
9 April 2010 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

You know, with Fredianelli's continuous evolution as a filmmaker, certain tropes have become rather apparent. That's not to say that his flicks are indistinguishable from each other, but let's take the last three films. All three have a similar character arc for the Fredianelli-lead, all point to the (ever-growing) rhythms of hopeless, desperation, and nihilism, and the camp humor and violence abound to a greater or lesser extent in all three.

In short, Fredianelli's something of an auteur, but I feel somewhat privileged in viewing The Big Sleaze because it's a joke that maybe only 10 people will be in on. As much as it fits with all of the A Wild Dogs Production Presents flicks since A Bird in the Bush, it's as much a throwback to the 30-50 minute shorts that the director cut his teeth on from 2005-8, shorts that reveled in the insane and campy to such a degree as to be alienating to most viewers. That's not to say that these flicks are tame, but in comparison to the old stuff, they're accessible.

In this sense, The Big Sleaze is a great mash-up of Wild Dogs tropes old and new, but I think what really marks this new effort as a high water mark for Fredianelli is that it almost balances every one of his previous cinematic obsessions (the only one missing is racism) into a single product that presents one of the most drastic renderings of his descent-into- complete-nihilistic-insanity narratives.

That's not to say it's completely successful. Some elements fit better than others. The flick features Fredianelli's best gunfight but some of his worst pratfalls (although that moment fits with the Merry Melodies riffing). The humor's quite hit and miss with Robert Amstler, in particular, being quite underutilized. Maybe I'm too familiar with this kind of thing, but I personally found myself much more into the gradual descent into complete disaffection than the cheap and easy laughs to be found in Henry Lee and Nose's storyline (Lee's proving himself to be one of the better actors in the enclave though). The actresses here are the best I've seen in a Wild Dogs pic, and they fit right into the typical WD paradigms for female characters. The difference here is that the better acting points out just how crazy Fredianelli's protagonist becomes. As for the writer/director/star/etc., he's right at home in this kind of material, but it's always tough for me to get past the nerd suddenly becoming Randolph Scott, but that's more of a writerly comment.

I'm starting to get off my train of thought, so let me conclude. I'm not sure that The Big Sleaze is the best of Wild Dogs' recent outings, but I think that the director has crafted yet another nod to contemporary white male alienation (without forgetting, of course, how ridiculous this notion is). While I'm not sure Fredianelli went through a modernist period, The Big Sleaze is a postmodernist Wild Dogs flick, replete with references to Puffs, Socialized Hates, and an ending that riffs on the essential illogic in that last Sopranos episode. While I don't love the comedy, you can't help but shake the feeling that Fredianelli's onto something big here.


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