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IDLE HANDS (1999)

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IDLE HANDS (1999)

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:26

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The Buzz:

 

     It's Halloween and stoner high school student Anton (Devon Sawa) can't find his parents (Fred Willard and Connie Ray). Mostly this is because they were killed in the night by the murderer terrorizing his town. When Anton and his buddies Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green) realize all evidence points to Anton they soon realize that his hand has become possessed by a demon. His hand murder's his friends, they return from the dead, his hand tries to kill his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), and generally blood and comedy ensue as Anton hunted down by a Druidic priestess played by Vivica Fox (funny, she doesn't LOOK Druish...).

 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     This movie is basically Evil Dead 2 meets Cheech and Chong; lots of stoner jokes mixed with a dark comedy about a dismembered hand trying to kill everyone. I'm not really sure what part of that isn't awesome, but I'm fairly sure if a non-awesome part exists it's somewhere in your TERRIBLE SENSE OF HUMOR!

 

     Devon Sawa is the real treat here as the first part of the film, prior to hand dismemberment, he really does channel Bruce Campbell in the aforementioned classic. You actually think his hand may not be in his control and he moves it with character of it's own. The only thing that would make it better is the weird sounds Ash's hand makes that were always one part creepy and one part hilarious. As you would expect a lot of the gags here are sight gags and slap stick mixed with the occasional gross out, but they're fairly amusing even if they aren't overtly cerebral.

 

     There's not much else to really say; good cast, amusing premise, and sold blend of gore and laughs make this a cult classic dark comedy despite it's initially poor reception in the theaters. Oh wait, there is one more thing. I lied. Also has a fantastic soundtrack of late 90s bands like Rob Zombie, Rancid, The Offspring (the band is in the movie, Dexter Holland is killed...), The Vandals, Sublime, and more!

 

 

This is THE most awkward kiss I've seen in my life.

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     Well, it's bloody and it equal parts advocates and condemns marijuana usage. If any of that is something that you would rather not have in your life, I suppose move along. However, despite it being a bit of a splatter-fest throughout, the deaths and violent imagery are usually shot in a way that most of the really gorey things are happening off screen and you are only seeing aftermath or blood splatter coming from somewhere.

 

     Also not every joke is a knock out of the park, but few are worse than a bunt (blunt?). In the end even in the places that are mediocre it remains entertaining simply because so few movies go so hard at the genre.

 

Puppets will never not be funny. Even when they're evil and homocidal.

 

The Vibe: Solo Experience, Large Party, Date Night

 

     This movie is great to laugh watching on your own when you need a bit of a pick-me-up that you don't need to think too hard about. It also works as great soundtrack to a large party while also offering up sight gags and blood splatters that no one needs to be listening to the dialog to enjoy. Unfortunately despite it being a fun watch, it's hilarious enough for a small casual gathering to keep glued to the screen and more than likely friends will distract and talk over it. It's also always nice to have a decent laugh with a significant other, though they will need to be ok with all the blood and death and what not. I think the movie is light-hearted enough (and with a tinge of romance, if that's needed to sell it) that you can sit on a couch or bed and have a nice night in with this.

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Funny

+ Great soundtrack

+ Great cast

+/- Gore

- Not hilarious

 

Drinking Games:

 

- Drink any time something is written in blood

- Drink any time Anton says he is or is not the killer in some way.

- Drink every time Jessica Alba cocks her head to one side like a parrot.

- Finish a drink when Dexter Holland is killed.

- HARDCORE MODE: Drink every time someone is wearing a disguise or costume (or is believed to be).

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