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American Animal (2011)

R | | 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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use


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Release Date:

14 March 2011 (USA)  »

Box Office


$5,928 (USA) (28 May 2012)

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1.78 : 1
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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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A modern masterpiece ... seems to go over the heads of most.
30 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Seems like most viewers are disturbed and offended by the main character Jimmy.

Jimmy as a character is *supposed* to bother you.

His wild and offensive nature is written to show you how deeply you're unwilling to let yourself live fully and truly to yourself.

He says it himself in the last 30 minutes, but I suspect people just watch the movie as being about "some other guys in an apartment" and have no capacity to see art as a reflection to question their own lives.

I feel that this movie was written from the "cutting edge" of what's *actually going on* in the world today, beneath surface appearances.

It shines a brilliant spotlight on what, in my humble opinion, are some of the defining questions of this day and age:

What do we do with this incredible opportunity that being alive in the 21st century affords us?

If you were dying of a terminal illness (hint: you already are), and had all your basic needs accounted for (hint: you already do), what would you do with your life?

Would you want to dance around your apartment alone and naked like Jimmy? If so, is that what you *really* would want?

Would you want to "give back" by joining the workforce like Jimmy's roommate? If so, is that what you *really* would want?

While watching this movie it's a good idea to put yourself in Jimmy's shoes rather than having a kneejerk reaction of seeing him as "just some crazy guy", while having the also-kneejerk reaction of seeing his roommate as "the sane one".

Thank you Matt D'Elia for what you did here.

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