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Rubber -- When Robert, an inanimate tire, discovers his destructive telepathic powers, he soon sets his sights on a desert town; in particular, a mysterious woman becomes his obsession.

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Writer:
Quentin Dupieux (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 2010 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Are You Tired of the Expected? See more »
Plot:
A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I am Rubber, you are Glue. I'll blow up your head and roll over it, too! See more (148 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stephen Spinella ... Lieutenant Chad

Jack Plotnick ... Accountant

Wings Hauser ... Man in Wheelchair

Roxane Mesquida ... Sheila

Ethan Cohn ... Film Buff Ethan

Charley Koontz ... Film Buff Charley

Daniel Quinn ... Dad

Devin Brochu ... Son

Hayley Holmes ... Teenager Cindy

Haley Ramm ... Teenager Fiona

Cecelia Antoinette ... Black Woman (as Cecilia Antoinette)
David Bowe ... Mr. Hughes

Remy Thorne ... Zach (as Remi Thorne)

Tara Jean O'Brien ... Cleaning Lady (as Tara O'Brien)

Thomas F. Duffy ... Cop Xavier
Pete Dicecco ... Cop Luke (as Pete Di Cecco)

James Parks ... Cop Doug

Courtenay Taylor ... Cop Denise (as Courtenay K. Taylor)

Blake Robbins ... Cop Eric
Michael Ross ... Truck Driver
Gaspard Augé ... Hitchhiker
Pedro Winter ... Tires Burner
Goodyear ... Robert (as Robert)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gayle Kate ... Movie Buff Spectator (uncredited)
Eloy Lara ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Directed by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Writing credits
Quentin Dupieux (written by)

Produced by
Julien Berlan .... producer
Gregory Bernard .... producer
Josef Lieck .... associate producer
Josef Lieck .... line producer
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... supervising producer (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Original Music by
Gaspard Augé 
Quentin Dupieux  (as Mr. Oizo)
 
Cinematography by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Film Editing by
Quentin Dupieux 
 
Casting by
Andy Henry 
Donna Morong 
Juliette Ménager 
 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
 
Costume Design by
Jamie Redwood  (as Jamie Bresnan)
 
Makeup Department
Akiko Matsumoto .... key makeup artist
Yusuke Tateishi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Grégory Bernard .... assistant unit manager
T. Scott Keiner .... unit production manager
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... post-production supervisor (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karla Carnewal .... second assistant director
Ian J. Putnam .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Nathan Amondson .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Stéphane De Rocquigny .... sound mixer
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Tim D. Lloyd .... boom operator
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician
Marco Castillo .... special effects technician
Milan Jancic .... special effects technician
Valek Sykes .... puppeteer
Valek Sykes .... special effects supervisor
Tom Talmon .... special mechanical design
 
Visual Effects by
Fabien Feintrenie .... title designer
 
Stunts
Pete Dicecco .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Quentin Dupieux .... camera operator
Walter Laudin .... gaffer
Caroline Lehello .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Phill Zagajewski .... executive in charge of casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Nakagawa .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Aurélien Guégan .... post-production consultant
Hélène Sevaux .... digital image technician
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... assistant editor (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... post-production coordinator (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
 
Music Department
Lola Zaidline .... writer & singer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Hugo Ocana .... transportation co-captain
Tony Ruiz .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Sarah Clifford .... animal supplier
Sarah Clifford .... insect wrangler
Tonto Goldstein .... production accountant
Tara Jean O'Brien .... production coordinator (as Tara O'Brien)
Samantha Schwartz .... production assistant
Wednesday Standley .... production coordinator
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... script consultant (as Kevos Van Der Meiren)
Phill Zagajewski .... story editor
 
Thanks
Edward McGurn .... grateful thanks
Olivier Père .... thanks
Chrys Wong .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some violent images and language
Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III (film festival rating) | Japan:R15+ | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46682)

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Trivia:
One of the Spectators is played by Daniel Quinn, who starred in Scanner Cop (1994) (V) as a man who could make people's heads explode with his mind, just as the tire does in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the tricycle is moving along the road (at around 1h 14 mins), the picture flips and the bell and lone handlebar grip streamer move from the left-hand side to the right-hand side and then back again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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 this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is, no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason. And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can't we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages? No fuckin' reason.
Cop Xavier:[honks the horn] Come on! Don't waste your time explaining that garbage. Let's go!
Lieutenant Chad:Just a minute. Let me finish.
[looks back at the audience]
Lieutenant Chad:Ladies, gentlemen, the film you are about to see today is an homage to the "no reason" - that most powerful element of style.
[pours his glass of water on the ground before getting back into the trunk of the police car]
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Soundtrack:
Sinfonia #2See more »

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28 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
I am Rubber, you are Glue. I'll blow up your head and roll over it, too!, 15 February 2011
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Which two words would you, and hopefully any other reasonable human being, use to describe a movie with a plot synopsis like this: an ordinary rubber tire comes to life in the middle of the Californian desert, quickly discovers that he disposes of dangerous telepathic powers and goes on a murderous stroll. The tire violently blows up people's heads left, right and center while a cinematic audience follows his joyful escapades from a safe distance through binoculars. Well, most likely but completely justified you will use the words "absurd" and "random". The most clever gimmick about this film, however, is that it actually points out the randomness before you even have the opportunity to ponder about it. "Rubber" opens with an extended spoken monologue by one of the characters and he repeatedly emphasizes the fact that everything in this film happens for absolutely no reason at all. Even more so, "Rubber" is an hour and a half long homage to randomness. Robert the tire comes to life for no reason. He can make small animals and human heads explode for no reason. He chases a cute brunette girl around for no reason. A group of bizarre people observe him like it's a real life movie for no reason. You get the picture.

One could claim, of course, that writer/director Quintin Dupieux' approach is innovative, courageous and humorous. This is true, in fact, but sadly just for a very brief period. The first few images of a seemingly half-drunken tire rolling through the sand and causing cute little bunny rabbits to explode are undeniably hilarious (if you share the same twisted sense of humor, that is) but it becomes dull and derivative enormously fast. The "no reason" gimmick quickly loses its panache and general fun-factor. Okay, so there's a psychopathic tire on a rampage and it doesn't make any sense. We would have understand that after five exploding heads instead of fifty as well. If "Rubber" had been a short feature, it would have been equally effective. Perhaps even more. Also, and this might be a purely personal opinion, I don't really like it when director hide themselves behind the randomness excuse. Everyone can think up a story that makes absolutely no sense. It's too easy like that. Obviously I think there are several good things to enjoy about "Rubber" as well, otherwise I wouldn't have given the average rating. The desolate filming locations and complementary references towards older movies are fun to spot. It was also tremendously cool to see former B-movie star Wings Hauser ("Night Shadows", "Vice Squad") in a prominent role again after so long. The special effects and make-up art look adorably cheesy and the electro/experimental soundtrack is quite awesome. The latter quality shouldn't come too much as a surprise, since writer/director Quintin Dupieux is primarily known as a musician and scored a humongous hit in the late 1990's as Mr. Oizo with "Flat Beat".

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