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The Buzz


    A young, enthusiastic filmmaker documents several years of interactions with Jack Rebney, the unwitting viral sensation from the legenday video of the angriest Winnebago salesman in the world. If you don't immediately know what video I'm talking about, I recommend watching it now. It's short, uproarious, and (frankly) you should have already seen it by now, considering you're on the internet and this thing even got forwarded around by grandparents. Either way, Rebney is a former furious newscaster turned furious RV salesman whose life was ruined by that not-meant-to-be-seen-by-literally-everyone-in-the-world video. Ben Steinbauer, the filmographer, attempts to get him to embrace his role in a video seen by millions. The result is an excellent, soulful documentary about an incredibly weird, genuine, angry character.

 

The Life of the Party 

     This movie is seriously a Pixar movie. The cameraman/director/kid from UP hounds the ever-living shit out of a haggard, world-weary, miserable old bastard who just wants everyone to get the fuck off of his lawn. The guy drags Rebney all over the place trying to get him to confront the video that literally drove him to live in a cabin in the woods. By the end, lessons are learned, feels are had, cussing happens a whole goddamned lot. And considering Jack Rebney used to be a telejournalist until he literally got mad as hell and wasn't going to take it anymore, the dialog and delivery is utterly fantastic, and I don't say that lightly. He's like the white, near-senile Samuel L Jackson. By the way, you've noticed I've said literally a bunch of times, it's because this guy is literally a cartoon character (oh man, I bet you just twitched reading that). Combine all this with simple yet competent camera work, sound design, and lighting, and you get a frequently hilarious soulful look into one of most geniune individuals I've ever seen  in a documentary.

 

Potential Hangovers 

Despite how bombastic Rebney is, he's really a subtle character. The whole change he undergoes during the entire movie would absolutely be lost if everyone was just watching casually. This is the type of movie that very pleasantly engrosses. You want to know more and see what happens next, and it's paced very well. All of this means that this sort of movie really won't work in a party environment. Sure, his individual cuss lines are really funny and punctuated, making for easy, casual absorbtion, but the over-arching plot is the best part. Oh, and if you're a fan of Dick Cheney, you won't like this movie. But I have like a hundred follow-up questions if you like Dick Cheney. Goddammit, I'm going to turn into Jack Rebney someday.

 

The Vibe: Cocktail Party, Date Night, Deep Thoughts

     This movie is a very fun movie to watch. It is constantly uplifting, and I never say that as a good thing about movies. But by the end, it'll put you in a good mood and give you an interesting and very entertaining perspective on an unforgettable character. This makes it great for environments where the environment is quiet and stimulated towards discussion of the art. It's most certainly a conversationalist's movie and the guy is endlessly quotable. You know, if you talk like we do. Give it a shot, and when you watch it the second time through, play the brutal drinking game below to it; that's like New Game+!

 

+ Hilarious character interaction

+ Great premise

+ Swearing that Scotland would applaud

+ Engrossing plot

-  Not good for loud parties

 

Drink:

When they play a clip from the original viral video

When they cut to a talking head interview segment

HARD: When Jack says any of George Carlin's seven words you can't say on TV.

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