The Republic of Rick (2014)

 |  Comedy  |  2 February 2014 (USA)
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A satire based on the true story of one man's quixotic attempt at Texas's independence in the late 1990's.


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Credited cast:
Dave Abed ...
Rick Launer
Ronnie Lee Steadman ...
Travis Wunderlich
Tandy Launer
Gary Hobratch
Minister Chuck Whitehead
Beth Whitehead
Bill Mason
Lori Jean Wilson ...
Pearl Mason
Stephanie Yadon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erica Aguinaga ...
Standoff Reporter
Kiley Aguinaga ...
Phyllis Allen ...
#14, ROT Club Member
Gabriel Alvarez ...
#5, Alamo Reenactor
Allan Andrews ...
#7, Town Resident
Rita Bernards ...
#5, Town Resident


A satire based on the true story of one man's quixotic attempt at Texas's independence in the late 1990's.

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Awkwardly hilarious right from the get-go
19 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Opening with the most elaborate—and arguably historically inaccurate—reenactments of the Battle of the Alamo ever put together, The Republic of Rick is awkwardly hilarious right from the get-go. TRofR is set in 1998 in West Texas, following Rick Launer (Dave Abed), the Ambassador for the Republic of Texas Club, as he is impeached from his position, leads a handful of extremists loyal to his cause to start a commune of sorts in tents outside of his trailer home and slowly begins to work towards a Waco situation. Loosely based on Rick McLaren, TRofR contains acting so spot on conservative republican, there may be several points throughout this film that make you wonder if it might actually be a documentary—Becky Leigh, as Rick's "Ambassadress" wife Tandy, is particularly on-target and provides a nearly flawless performance. With the overwhelming number of serious, heavily emotional films at Slamdance this year, give yourself a break and go have a laugh with this fun film.

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