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Surviving Eden (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy | March 2004 (USA)
A documentary crew captures the capitalistic trappings a reality show winner falls into during his short-lived stint with fame and fortune.

Director:

Greg Pritikin

Writers:

Greg Pritikin, Joanne Storkan (story)

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Credited cast:
Michael Panes ... Dennis Flotchky
Cheri Oteri ... Maria Villanova
Jane Lynch ... Maude Silver
Sam Robards ... Gary Gold
Savannah Haske ... Sister Agnes O'Malley
Peter Dinklage ... Sterno
Billy Nash Billy Nash ... Hotel security
Jackie Katzman ... Devon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kentaro Abe Kentaro Abe ... Kendo
Danny Alexander ... Raffi
Jason Batchko Jason Batchko ... Jason
Ellie Boucher Ellie Boucher ... Waitress
Craig Braun ... Contestant #3
Lisa Deane Lisa Deane ... Carol
Illeana Douglas ... Cameo
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A documentary crew captures the capitalistic trappings a reality show winner falls into during his short-lived stint with fame and fortune.

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Wonderfully funny
13 March 2004 | by NJtoTXSee all my reviews

Surviving Eden just made a surprise appearance at the South By Southwest film festival, and it is a terrific, hilarious indictment of modern-day reality TV and the 15-minute celebrities it creates and spits out (William Hung, are you listening?). The audience really delivered the cheers at the end credits.

Writer/director Greg Pritican has taken the absurd mockumentary styles of Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run," mixed in an homage to Peter Sellers films, notably "Being There" and the Clouseau/Cato dynamic - and created a film that is outrageous, funny, and important as well.

Michael Panes stars as Dennis, a clumsy, obese loser brought up in a white-trash environment by obese mom Conchata Ferrell. Dennis is entered into a reality-TV 'Eden' competition by his best buddy, Sterno, played masterfully by Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent). Pritican has a family member who works on "Survival," so there is definitely a good-natured zing being delivered here as the contestents are tossed from Eden.

Jane Lynch shines as a tell-it-like-it-is co-executive producer with a nose for coke, Savannah Haske is a nun as you've never known, and SNL's Cheri Oteri is terrific as a take-no-prisoners hanger-on.

And there is the humor of how Dennis' fame affects the lifestyles of those close to him, such as his pet pig.

The film as presented in the festival was still unfinished, and some great music choices may not make the final cut. I recommend you see it as soon as it comes out. The big screen will help - there are many comic touches in every frame that should be taken in.

9.5/10


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