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Film Review: ‘Buttwhistle’

25 April 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yes, “Buttwhistle” is every bit as stupid as it sounds. The second feature from writer-director Tenney Fairchild (“The Good Humor Man”) actually attempts to be an emotionally resonant relationship tale, but lives down to its title by delivering nothing but inane comedy and insufferable drama. A true endurance test for any viewer bold (or foolish) enough to suffer through all 93 minutes, the picture has unsurprisingly been languishing on the shelf since 2011; it opens today on one Los Angeles screen, but even an unceremonious VOD dump would be too good for this one. A spanking would be more appropriate.

An opening shot of an office worker’s head exploding a la David Cronenberg’s “Scanners” immediately sets the tone for what’s to come: surreal and senseless, with hopelessly inept execution. Pic introduces its bland protagonist, community college student Ogden Confer (Trevor Morgan), in bed with lovely ex-g.f. Rose (Analeigh Tipton, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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