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Respect My Apples
He's a small town boy with big ideas. She's a gal from the big city with daddy issues. Can they make it work without burning down the town? Welcome to Dogville where the folks are awful friendly, the token Negroes use the word "master" 70 years after the Civil War, and little boys dream of BDSM! This movie needed more Stellan Skarsgard rear and less sidewalk chalk.
I liked von Trier's The Kingdom. I like von Trier. I thought Nicole Kidman was almost flawless (which is amazing considering she was a 30-something Australian playing a 20-something American mob boss' daughter). Skarsgard was grumpy, all brow and no eyes and did it well. Jeremy Davies was befuddling and awesome. Really, the acting was great. The script was OK. The pop-philosophy message was simplistic and woefully Euroamerican but, as I write this, I'm getting over that part. Von Trier made the film he wanted and he got some spectacular acting out of his cast. If his attempt at providing a rebuttal to the feel-good human nature thing fell kinda flat, well, that's OK.
*Spoiler Alert* If you don't like Skarsgard rear(what's your issue?), teenage goth philosophy, spanking, James Caan, or seeing a baby shot at close range by a mobster, you probably won't like this film. If you like those things, you still may not like this film. Note: there is no spanking of James Caan.