Looks like I'm the only person on Letterboxd who is just "fine" with this movie but listen, here's why: I have no nostalgia for being a teen, I've never smoked a clove, my mom is pretty chill and I didn't grow up Catholic or in suburbia so there was definitely just like an emotional / world disconnect for me here. I sort of chuckled a couple of times, but I was nowhere near the like hysterical side-stitch laughter the rest…
It's not a comedy, it's not a drama.... it really is just about as PG as the Brigsby Bear VHS tapes. For better or worse, this movie is super gentle and sweet, despite having very strange dark undertones that never actually get addressed. I kind of wish they had, it would have given the film just slightly more emotional bite. As it is, it's enjoyable but felt very arms length.
Kevin Mooney is great, the effects are great, the whole…
Boy howdy I ain't seen a movie this borderline pedo-friendly since Léon: The Professional! (Or I guess Charlotte For Ever though I'd argue the tone of that movie is less leering and more trying-to-be-in-your-face disgusting.)
ANYHOW, this absolutely didn't do it for me. Which is a bummer because it sure sounded promising and had some great looking moments but at the end of the day didn't deliver on surreal as much as it just felt poorly edited and barely coherent.…