Ineffectual, 'has-been' film-maker (Dennis Quaid) swindles his way into an interview with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to pitch an outrageous and controversial comedy manuscript. After pitching the first of his thirteen offbeat fables, the dejected artist forces the rest of his disjointed allegory on the executive at gunpoint. He tells stories of a woman on a blind date with a man who has testicles growing from his neck, in another a smitten woman offers her neck to her boyfriend to 'poop' on -as a sign of commitment and love. In yet another two parents take home-schooling to a whole new level of indecency, striving to give their isolated teenage son all the 'regular' torment and humiliation of puberty by bullying, peer-pressuring and even seducing him themselves. An off-beat, elephant-in-the-room type film.Written by
The movie was filmed over a span of four years. Production took so long because filming had to be done around the actors' busy schedules. The segment with Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman was the first to be filmed, and producer Charles B. Wessler used it to secure the financing for the rest of the movie. He called in a lot of favors to get as many high-profile actors as possible for the other short films, most of them willing to work for a few days on something unconventional. However, almost none of the actors knew completely what the other segments were about, or how the full movie would be. When it came out, none of the major actors wanted to promote it. See more »
After Schraeder is shot, the main segment ends with it being revealed that it is being shot by a camera crew as part of the movie; the cameraman's shadow, used to film the scene, is visible on the black stuntman. See more »
The "Beezel" segment runs in between the segment credits and the rest of the credits. See more »
The wraparound involving the segments being movie pitches was replaced in the UK Alternate Cut Version, released on the UK Blu-Ray, with an alternate wraparound about two teenagers and an 11-year-old trying to find the most banned movie in the world. See more »
Starting All Over Again
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People need to chill the F out
Ok I've never written a review on here before and it's painfully obvious as to how late I am. However, what did you people expect from this movie? The entire point of it is that it was different segments with not much of a plot just trying to get some laughs out of people and it was hilarious. What did you people want an Oscar worthy comedy? No it was never meant to be that. Just to make you laugh and it was funny. If you did not find it funny then I'm guessing you are somebody who still thinks SNL is funny. It's gross out humor. Cmon people the home schooled segment was great. My god relax and take this movie for what it is. Again just different segments that really don't have a point beyond creating humor. That's exactly what it did.
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