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     Alice and John are a young married couple struggling financially. After a car accident Alice’s eye is drawn to a small bronze teapot in a nearby antique shop. Soon after “acquiring” it they learn that the teapot rewards them for hurting themselves or others with cold hard cash. But when the teapot starts demanding higher and higher sacrifices, what will the couple do to keep their new life style?

 

 

 

  

 

Life of the Party:

 

     A film that accomplishes a lot, from a technical standpoint, on very little. An independent film that looks like it could have been produced by a mid-tier studio, the camera work, acting, lighting, etc really make this feel like a bigger picture than it is and I commend it for that. I don’t like to knit pick, as you all know, on technical details; but considering this is director Ramaa Mosley’s first feature film I feel it’s important to point out how great of a first showing it is in this regard.

 

     On top of that it’s a truly original plot that explores some dark corners of human nature. A lot of people have criticized the picture for it’s darkness not fitting properly in it’s “light comedic tone”, but to me that contrast is poignant. Life isn’t huge shades of black and white and the road to evil is often paved with good intentions. I think the way that John and Alice delve (both together, yet at differing rates) into the recesses of their their desires is very natural and human. All too often we have been fooled by the film industry in thinking things need to have huge flairs of the dramatic, but all too often the reality of such events would be far more subtle and devious. 

 

     In the end I thought the story was really interesting, characters were well defined and acted, and I just walked away pretty happy with it. That’s really what you want in a movie, right?

 

 

They chose.... poorly...

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     The only negative thing I can say about the movie is that it seems to want to be a dark comedy, but it just doesn’t nail the comedy aspect too spot on. It’s humorous at times, don’t get me wrong, but I rarely reacted with more than a chuckle. So don’t pick this up if you’re looking for something to bust a gut to, it’s just not that film. 

 

     To be fair, if we look at “dark comedy” this isn’t exactly the most dark film either. It has it’s moments, but the darkness is usually internal to the characters and very rarely mirrored in the environments. I like that, but if you’re looking for something dark like The Crow, you’ll be disappointed again.

 

     The movie has it’s place, but understand that that place is not out on the poles.. it rests in a sort of interesting sweet spot in the middle.

 

 

Any movie where Hasidic Jews kick someone's ass has my upvote.

 

The Vibe: Solo Experience, Date Night

 

     I really recommend watching this by yourself or a significant other. It’s a very cerebral film despite some of it’s goofiness. I watched this with our own Enuncia (man-date) and we both liked it, but I feel like if there were a lot of people around we would have been too easily distracted by other things. It’s just not funny enough to hold a crowd’s attention, but it’s still very entertaining. 

 

 

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+Original plot

+Great characters

+Well made for low budget

-Not super dark or super funny

 

 

Drinking Games:

 

-Drink every time Alice’s actions get darker

-Drink every time Alice is in underwear.

-Drink whenever John is the butt of a joke

-Finish your drink whenever Li Ling shows up out of nowhere. 

-Drink whenever you see Arnie’s big truck drive off in the distance.

HARDCORE MODE: Drink for every bill that comes out of the teapot.

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