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Oliver, Stoned. (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 August 2015 (USA)
The world's biggest stoner, Oliver, loses a high profile car, forcing him to steal an ice cream truck and enlist his wacky friends to help track down the thief before it's too late.



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The world's biggest stoner, Oliver, loses a high profile car, forcing him to steal an ice cream truck and enlist his wacky friends to help track down the thief before it's too late.

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Feels like a first draft with some good ideas that needed further development
31 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Oliver, Stoned." has some good elements. Some of the supporting cast are quirky, amusing and much better developed than the lead, including the father, the weed dealer, the bum, the ex-boyfriend and the kid on the bicycle who periodically breaks the fourth wall. Some of the dialogue is quite clever. The science film parody about marijuana is amusing. Some scenes have unexpected twists, such as the heavy who is distracted by concerns over disturbing his baby's nap and the elderly lady who drives a classic muscle car and makes amorous advances. The movie also capitalizes on unexpected relationships that actually make sense.

Some devices misfire, such as the clown and episodes of emisis, but at least they tried.

The film invites comparisons with "Dude, Where's My Car?" but seems wanting. DWMC had the advantages of a $13MM budget that was clearly exponentially larger, a writer with extensive credits for "South Park," and a cast of up and coming actors, including Ashton Krutcher, Seann William Scott and Jennifer Garner. There are some areas where the OS filmmakers couldn't hope to compete with DWMC, but there are other areas where they could have put in a little more effort without exhausting their resources.

In DWMC, things not only go bad, but problems escalate. In OS, problems arise and often fizzle out or prove to be less severe than expected. At one point, Oliver needs to borrow an item that is in a room where people are engaged in an activity they don't want him to witness. But the door is unlocked, so he sneaks in and takes it. There is an unexpected aspect to what he wasn't supposed to witness and he is seen leaving, but he borrows what he wanted with no significant adverse consequences. The scene could have presented many complications and repercussions. There were opportunities for burlesque, slapstick, mistaken identity and other comic devices that could have made the scene much more interesting, like the pizza on the ceiling in DWMC, but they weren't developed. At one point, Oliver "borrows" a vehicle. Having seen "Risky Business," "Con Air," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and dozens of other films, we expect the vehicle to be totally trashed, contain something vitally important to some nasty characters or result in other problems and complications. Instead, the owner thanks him.

With the failure to compound problems, the dark night of the soul, in Snyder's terms, where all seems lost, seems more like early twilight. The girl has stormed off for reasons related to where he is, not who he is. The stakes haven't increased by much. We're not all in. It doesn't feel life-or-death, now-or-never.

Too much occurs off-screen. A car is stolen off-screen, which adds an element of mystery as to the identity of the thief, but robs the scene of opportunities to show Oliver complicating matters and causing or facilitating the theft. The climatic showdown is also largely off-screen.

Usually in this type of fool triumphant (another Snyder term) film, the straight girl is beyond the comic hero's reach, as in "Get Smart" or "Johnny English." She's far more capable, centered, intelligent and successful. Here the love interest seems within reach and is too easily captured.

Oliver's only objective, besides getting stoned, is to get back what was stolen from him. In DWMC, Jesse and Chester had other objectives relating to gifts for their girlfriends and helping clean their apartment. Later there were subplots about missing money and aliens and some sort of strange cosmic device. When Oliver buys food, he just buys it. Chester and Jesse engage in a long exchange with the speaker at a drive-through restaurant. When J&C get stoned, they do weird and funny things. Oliver puts his brain in park and zones out. There is one long undercranked sequence where he really doesn't do much (and certainly nothing to advance the plot). In the morning, we find things got a little more interesting, but it happened off-screen.

I think it was Michael Shurtleff who wrote that playwrights make their characters drunk for one reason only, to imbue them with honesty. Being drunk on screen should not be about stumbling about, slurred speech, frequent urination or nausea. It should be about tearing away inhibitions so the characters can say what they really feel without filtering their sentiments through a sieve of political correctness and social norms. Being stoned on screen should not be about zoning out or behaving foolishly. It should be about whimsical and nonsensical notions that suddenly make sense in some ironic manner or something. I'm not a stoner. Perhaps I don't know what it should be about. Having watched the movie, one has the impression the writers don't really know either.

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