A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
The black males Swanson (Tim Heidecker) encounters at a Brooklyn bar were not actors but participants. Their reactions from Heidecker stereotyping them were genuine. See more »
[affecting a southern accent while talking to his sister-in-law, who remains silent]
Oh Liza, Liza. Them slaves be workin' hawd out heah. Dyin' out there in, in the thousands. In de sun. Just keelin' over from de heat. From de HEAT-UH. Come on, now. Ain't it good, ain't it right, to see them die? How hawd dey work? For dis fam'ly? Poppa use dem skin for makin' nice furniture. He tans 'em out dere, and makes a nice - that couch you on, in dere is all slave meat. Slave skin. As it should be. Lawd ...
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I rented this on recommendation of a friend. I'm glad I did, because I was pleasantly surprised because this is easily one of my favorite films to come out this year.
The Comedy has a few expectations of its viewers, and meeting these are in some ways essential to fully enjoying the film.
The pretentiousness of the protagonist and his friends (the overuse of irony in any and all interactions with other people, the clothing that they choose to wear) could be seen as satirical, but it takes it beyond just "making fun of hipsters." The film paints a vivid and terrifying picture of white (and male) privilege, and some people's fascination with lower class cultures and others of different ethnicities.
If the viewer can at least admit to being able to relate to Swanson and his friends, however terrible they may seem, he or she can learn a lot from watching the film. I think people being disgusted and upset by this film has more to do with how they relate to the protagonist then the actual content of the film, because other than the crassness of the film it is objectively good. It's artfully shot, extremely well acted and the sparing use of music does an amazing job of setting the mood.
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