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The Big Sleaze (2010)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Peterson
Sabrina Machado ...
Carrie Wayne
Steve Harlow - Freelance Rouster
Michael Nosé ...
Kiki Dai
Jane Forster
Eric Andersen ...
Elliott Reynolds
Lisa Cortez ...
Sera Reynolds
Toshia Brownstein ...
Juliet Shaw
Rick Adams
Harlin Jones
Tim Jahn ...
Justin Forster
Thomas Gallegos ...
Kyle Wayne
Michael A. Martinez ...
Hopeless Actor
Newscaster Joel


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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Snuff or be snuffed See more »


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26 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Bananas can be seen strategically placed in the background of many scenes. See more »


Juliet indicates that she'll throw the Yakuza henchman's body in the trash "when it gets dark". However, it is clearly night as seen through the open window and doorway. See more »


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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Spoofs Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) See more »

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Very entertaining but a step back for WILD DOGS
15 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the release of Fredianelli's previous feature, THE MINSTREL KILLER, you began to see the beginnings of something very special. With THE BIG SLEAZE the spark is still there but there is hardly the same amount of effort.

THE MINSTREL KILLER is a period piece (set in the 70's) and the attention to detail is almost perfect. Also, there was an original score making it very easy to actually get distributed, in some form, due to there being no copyright infringement. THE BIG SLEAZE has MJ's "Billie Jean" play at one point.

For his next picture (and for the rest of his career) the director NEEDS to push forward and make something that can reach a mass audience without running afoul with the law.

In other words Mike, make something you can profit from.

With that said, THE BIG SLEAZE is a lot of politically incorrect fun. The film has a plot but it is merely there to pit its main character (played by the director) into a number of situations that get more outrageous as the running time goes on. Its episodic nature is what keeps the entertainment value up with few hiccups along the way.

In a lot of these underground films you find a lot of one situational type stories due to the micro-budgets these films normally have. Save that crap for television. This is supposed to be cinema! And I think THE BIG SLEAZE proves that Michael Fredianelli understands this.

The wack job characters our protagonist encounters would be very much at home in some Troma movie. Henry Lee (as a crazed Asian porn star in search for the holy grail of snuff films) and Robert Amstler (as a freelance Rouster who is a loony Toon character come to life!) are two actors who made the most impression on me when I watched it. Their comic delivery is impeccable.

There are few actors who aren't up to snuff with the others though. The protagonist's ex girlfriend and the eventual new girlfriend both aren't very convincing (especially when the latter has to start crying).

The show stopper is the film's pre-climax when our "hero" is hired to blow up Disneyland(!). Now that's something you're not likely to see in any type of cinema anywhere.

I originally wrote a much more detailed, and better, review for this Fredianelli outing but the powers that be on IMDb saw it fit not to publish it.

So, as a favor, I quickly jotted down this capsule of a review. Hope you found it helpful.


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