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American Animal (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 March 2011 (USA)
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A terminally-ill man descends into madness when he learns his best friend and roommate is leaving for a new job in the morning.

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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. But from today on, he has decided that he is 'happy', and that he is no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything, and seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when James announces that he will be leaving for his new job in the morning. Jimmy sees this as the destruction of the perfect little world that they've set up, and what ensues is a humorous battle of wills as James heads towards the real world and Jimmy falls deeper and deeper into his isolated world of illness and make-believe. Written by Anonymous

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Some of us evolve slower than others.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
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The Netflix and iTunes versions of the film have been censored to obtain an 'R' rating from the MPAA. The original cut (which is director Matt D'Elia's original and only cut of the film) was rated 'NC-17'. D'Elia's original version is the cut that was released in theaters. As of now, the only way to view D'Elia's original version is to view the DVD, which contains the original, uncensored, NC-17 version. See more »

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American Animal
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

AA was definitely an experience... One of the most unique art films I've seen. At times it reminded a lot of American Psycho and Requiem for a Dream. Some parts seemed a little over the top and melodramatic but overall I thought it was a very interesting and well done film. It was also interesting to make the connections with the various movie nods within the film itself (for example: Gangs of New York).

Whenever I consider writing a screenplay I always want it to center around a main character whose mental health is questionable but he can't be called outright crazy, I think that the writer/director/star Matt D'elia did a superb job of it in the film and it made for a very entertaining and layered story that seemed somewhat one dimensional at first.


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