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Rubber (2010)

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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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Accountant
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Man in Wheelchair
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Film Buff Ethan
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Film Buff Charley
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Son
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Teenager Cindy
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Teenager Fiona
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Black Woman (as Cecilia Antoinette)
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Mr. Hughes
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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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10 November 2010 (France)  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,346 (USA) (3 April 2011)

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$98,017 (USA) (12 June 2011)
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Trivia

The director, writer, cinematographer, editor and composer, Quentin Dupieux, is also known as Mr. Oizo. See more »

Goofs

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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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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too much in love with itself to be original
11 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Sigh... I've been really looking forward for this one. And the premise makes 'Rubber' sound almost irresistible. But there are two ways of killing off a smart movie idea: 1.) Believe that the idea works so well with the audience that it won't notice inconsistencies and bad acting. 2.) Constantly remind the audience what a smart idea it is watching.

Unfortunately, 'Rubber' succeeds in both: the only saving grace in terms of acting is Wings Hauser, the other leads make you seriously ponder an early leave. And what's with the pompous speeches? To be sure, 'Rubber' is not about taking you out or into a moment. It's about constantly reminding you that this moment isn't really happening. For some, that might be a nice existentialist twist. For others, like me, such ambition is completely out of place in a film about a tire blowing people's heads up.

If you'd edit this down to five minutes, you'd get a seriously hilarious short, though.

As for more rewarding options in the 'weird French horror film with excellent cinematography' section, I suggest 'Amer' (2009). It's equally pointless but delightful eye-candy (in the literal sense of the word).


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