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Rubber (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  10 November 2010 (France)
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A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.

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Lieutenant Chad
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Man in Wheelchair
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Film Buff Ethan
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Teenager Cindy
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Zach (as Remi Thorne)
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Cleaning Lady (as Tara O'Brien)
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Cop Xavier
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As film spectators watch, a killer car tire comes to life in a desert dump site. Flexing its... rubber... and ready to roll, it soon discovers its telekinetic ability to make small animals and people's heads explode. Lt. Chad hopes to end this movie by fatally poisoning every last spectators, but failing that, the show must go on, and the tire goes on a three-day rampage. With few left alive, a lure is constructed to draw the tire from its motel room, where hopes are to end it and this movie once and for all. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,346 (USA) (1 April 2011)

Gross:

$98,017 (USA) (10 June 2011)
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Trivia

One of the Spectators is played by Daniel Quinn, who starred in Scanner Cop (1994) as a man who could make people's heads explode with his mind, just as the tire does in this film. See more »

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When the tire is watching Nascar on the TV, the sound we hear is from a different series of motor-racing; possibly Formula 1. See more »

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Lieutenant Chad: In the Steven Spielberg movie "E.T.," why is the alien brown? No reason. In "Love Story," why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone's "JFK," why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent "Chain Saw Massacre" by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in "The Pianist" by Polanski, how come...
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In a list of credits prior to the final credits, the rubber tire appears as an actor named Robert. See more »

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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
Lyrics and music by Vinnie Barrett, John C Jr Freeman and Bobby Eli
Performed by Blue Magic
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Novel concept, terrible execution
1 May 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie. I really did. It is, after all, about a killer tire called Robert who discovers he has destructive telepathic powers and so goes on a killing rampage. What's not to like there? Unfortunately, the director is the most pretentious man on the planet and overloads the film with postmodern flourishes that don't work and serve merely to remind you of the far superior directors he is ripping off - e.g. David Lynch and Tobe Hooper. What could have been a fun low budget horror comedy ends up a tedious mish mash of genres and ideas. For instance, the audience is a part of the film, represented by a group of people watching the events unfold and commenting upon them. An interesting idea but the director doesn't know where to go with it and it ends up sidetracking the film. Rubber should have been fun but it's far from that - slow, not remotely amusing or nearly as clever as it thinks it is, badly acted and written, bog standard direction. When the best thing in your movie is Wings Hauser, you know you're in trouble. To (sort of) quote Homer Simpson, this movie was more boring than church.


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