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Jtro's summer vacation disappoints and does not a movie make
OK, let me say that Jason Trost's first movie The FP became one of my favorite movies ever the instant I saw it. Everything about it, from the silly Dance Dance Revolution concept taken to a ridiculous extreme, to the scene stealing extras, to the ducks, it is literally the best thing ever. Wet and Reckless is not.
This "movie" is what happens when a group of friends take a trip to Thailand and decide to shoot a film while on vacation. Unfortunately nothing works. The concept is less than half realized, continuity errors abound, the sound (taken from always visible lavalier mics) and editing is sloppy and terrible (there is no pacing, and second-hand dub-step is always running on loop in the background). Worst of all the entire film is cheap, looks unfinished, and aside from a few punchlines that land - unfunny. It's barely more than a home movie, is completely un-cinematic, and features the most horrible use "PowerPoint" I've ever seen in a film...wait I don't think I've ever seen PowerPoint used in a film. Throughout the second act, it is unclear whether the "cast" is still being followed by a camera crew or have indeed been abandoned by their reality show producers. I can't really recall the ending because I pretty much dozed off. There certainly weren't any ducks! In The FP, though you could occasionally see the seams of its low budget origin, the film never forgot to be funny nor to stray from it's over the top ridiculousness. All Superheroes Must Die, though ultimately unsatisfying and with terrible costume design, at least had a clever premise and the conviction of it's cast. Wet and Reckless is at most a 15 minute Youtube short bloated out to a 90 minute run time, and it is not anywhere near as entertaining as the reality shows it attempts to satirize. Sorry Jtro, but you gotta try harder.
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