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I Like Killing Flies (2004)

A documentary on the oddball Greenwich Village eatery, Shopsin's.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Fishman Michael Fishman ... Himself
John A. Papa John A. Papa ... Himself
Eve Shopsin Eve Shopsin ... Herself
Kenny Shopsin ... Himself
Calvin Trillin ... Himself
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A documentary on the oddball Greenwich Village eatery, Shopsin's.

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,487, 30 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,721, 13 August 2006
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Mortal Films See more »
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Color
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Quotes

Kenny Shopsin: The first duty of everybody in life is to realize that they're a piece of shit. Selfish and self-centered and not very good. You're willing to sacrifice 20 thousand people in another country just so you can go to a Wings concert. You sacrifice the lives of a hundred thousand Chinese female babies just so you can rent this f'ing camera and do your stupid art project. No problem! You're a piece of shit. Once you realize you're a piece of shit it's not so hard to take. Because then you don't have ...
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In a Hundred Years You Will Still be a Party of Five
23 September 2012 | by eagerbuster9See all my reviews

From the opening scene I was hooked, it takes several moments to realize the shop is actually an eatery. Kenny is the larger than life proprietor of the eatery and his language is as colorful as the dishes he serves. The clientèle is from all walks of life, yet share a passion for Kenny's unique dishes. The overall feeling is that of an extended family, but do not be tempted to dine if you are a party any larger than four, because you will be asked to leave on no uncertain terms.

At times you wonder at the cleanliness of the place as the kitchen appears to be a cluttered pigsty. Kenny retells the story of "waiter there is a bug in my soup," while joyfully killing flies with a plastic flyswatter. Kenny seems unapologetic of state of the kitchen and actually comments on his rigging of the refrigerator in order to keep it closed.

The filmmaker created the documentary how he saw the scenes unfolding around him, nothing appears to be retouched. The camera bobs and sways with the movements of the filmmaker. At times his arm is part of the scene while he holds the microphone catching each of Kenny's words. Although the chief's dialog is punctuated with swearwords, one quickly realizes the philosophy that is Kenny. In fact, he uses this ability to win many arguments with his family. The film is a pleasure to watch and I highly recommend it.


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