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Tusk (2014)

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Tusk is a movie starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, and Haley Joel Osment. A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

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Complete credited cast:
... Howard Howe
... Wallace Bryton
... Ally Leon
... Teddy Craft
... Guy Lapointe (as Guy Lapointe)
... Border Agent
... Detective
... Gimli Slider Waitress
... Girl Clerk #1
... Girl Clerk #2 (as Lily-Rose Melody Depp)
... Convenient Store Customer
Douglas Banks ... Kill Bill Kid
Matthew Shively ... Young Howard Howe
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When podcaster Wallace travels to Canada to interview someone, he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe who has many stories to tell about his past life during his interview. Wallace wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn't the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn Wallace into a walrus.

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All that separates man from animal are the stories he tells. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Rated R for some disturbing violence/gore, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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19 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Agyar  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$846,831, 19 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,821,983, 7 November 2014
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Justin Long visiting the bathroom, and turning the doll away from him while he pees, is based on a story from Kevin Smith's childhood, that he told on his podcast. See more »

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The flag in the border office is not the right size - a Canadian flag is twice as long as it is wide. See more »

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Ally Leon: [growing increasingly distraught] Sometimes I forget, that my life is... an intricate, delicate web of lies. And I feel so normal, so banal. It feels so amazing to be boring. And faithful. And sinless. I even forget what we're doing to him. 'Til I remember what he does to me. With all those empty women. And it... crushes me. And I hate him. I hate him. But I hate myself so much more for letting any man do this to me. I'm happy my dad's not alive to see this. To see his only little girl put her ...
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Crazy Credits

The ending of Kevin Smith's SModcast episode #259 called "The Walrus and the Carpenter", where Kevin Smith is with his longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier discussing and joking around with the story's third act, is heard in the second half of the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.63 (2014) See more »

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Blow The Man Down
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Performed by The X-Seaman's Institute
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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You Will Not Like This Movie
20 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

The very definition of "not for everyone", Tusk is an oddball, absurd, twisted midnight movie that plays more like a demented fever dream than a horror or comedy film. I'd never recommend it to anyone I intend to ever speak to again.

Here are the reasons why you won't like it:

1) It's unexpectedly surreal, with little interest in the laws of reality, or at least modern medicine and police work. And it's not directed in an obviously surreal, arty fashion like, say, a David Lynch picture, which makes it even harder to wrap your head around.

2) It's got an odd tone. There's comedy, sure, but it's mostly a slower, more cringe- inducing variety than Kevin Smith is typically known for. There's suspense, and a bit of gross-out, but the film evokes more unease than outright scares, and the grotesqueries are more evocative of a nightmare after eating one too many sliders than, say, Saw. And it swings freely between the two with no warning at all.

3) You haven't seen Tod Browning's "Freaks", a classic bit of cult cinema that Smith has made references to in other films. In fact, you probably don't even know it exists. (Cinephiles will notice rather direct references to many of Kev-O's other favorite movies as well, including Silence of the Lambs and Jaws.)

4) You're Canadian, and your country and culture are No Laughing Matter.

If for some reason none of the above applies to you, may I recommend "Tusk"? It's oddball, gonzo, at times self indulgent and slow, but also occasionally very funny and strangely thought-provoking, provided you're willing to go along for the ride. It'll make an impression...especially if your short-term memory "isn't what it used to be."


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