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The Republic of Rick (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 February 2014 (USA)
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A satire based on the true story of one man's quixotic attempt at Texas's independence in the late 1990's.

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Mario Kyprianou

Writers:

Mario Kyprianou (co-writer), Becky Leigh (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
David Abed ... Rick Launer
Ronnie Lee Steadman Ronnie Lee Steadman ... Travis Wunderlich
Becky Leigh Becky Leigh ... Tandy Launer
John Macey ... Gary Hobratch
Darrell Philip ... Minister Chuck Whitehead
Angie Gregory ... Beth Whitehead
Glen McDougal ... Bill Mason
Lori Jean Wilson ... Pearl Mason
Stephanie Yadon Stephanie Yadon ... Sally
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erica Aguinaga Erica Aguinaga ... Standoff Reporter
Kiley Aguinaga Kiley Aguinaga ... Tammy
Phyllis Allen Phyllis Allen ... #14, ROT Club Member
Gabriel Alvarez Gabriel Alvarez ... #5, Alamo Reenactor
Allan Andrews Allan Andrews ... #7, Town Resident
Rita Bernards Rita Bernards ... #5, Town Resident
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A satire based on the true story of one man's quixotic attempt at Texas's independence in the late 1990's.

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Comedy

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English

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2 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Con la Passion
Written by Herman Beeftink
Performed by Los Amigos de Ranchera
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Awkwardly hilarious right from the get-go
19 January 2014 | by SLUGMagazineFilmsSee all my reviews

Opening with the most elaborate—and arguably historically inaccurate—reenactments of the Battle of the Alamo ever put together, The Republic of Rick is awkwardly hilarious right from the get-go. TRofR is set in 1998 in West Texas, following Rick Launer (Dave Abed), the Ambassador for the Republic of Texas Club, as he is impeached from his position, leads a handful of extremists loyal to his cause to start a commune of sorts in tents outside of his trailer home and slowly begins to work towards a Waco situation. Loosely based on Rick McLaren, TRofR contains acting so spot on conservative republican, there may be several points throughout this film that make you wonder if it might actually be a documentary—Becky Leigh, as Rick's "Ambassadress" wife Tandy, is particularly on-target and provides a nearly flawless performance. With the overwhelming number of serious, heavily emotional films at Slamdance this year, give yourself a break and go have a laugh with this fun film.


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