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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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Raw, bizarre, and awesome.
15 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Words like "wild" and "madness" are cliché, but there's really no other way to describe American Animal. Just like Jimmy's (Matt D'Elia) more straight-laced roommate James struggles to voice his own concerns, ambitions, and feelings in the face of Jimmy's relentless energy; it's hard to describe the film as anything other than completely mad. Ultimately this is what made it so challenging at times, but also so engaging. This is no holds-barred madness that refuses to be channeled in a single vein, and the film jumps from one bizarre scene to the next; each a different manifestation of Jimmy's deranged psyche brought to life. Jimmy is Fight Club's Tyler Durden reinvented; half as violent and twice as zany, obsessed with Hollywood actors and costumes instead of Project Mayhem and underground boxing.

But like Tyler Durden, Jimmy fights what he perceives to be the conformist indoctrination of the masses with his own extreme doctrine and is mercilessly intolerant of his friends' more "normal" views. He leaps before he looks. He acts, then asks for forgiveness, or doesn't. The film drags and is at times overly dramatic, but the whole thing builds and builds until it spirals out of control. It offers some severe gut-checks amidst the chaos, offering clarity in the confusion, and it gives the film the uncompromising point it searches for.


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