ASSHOLES TURN INTO ASSHOLES… LITERALLY.
Assholes Film Details
Director: Peter Vack
Writer: Peter Vack
Release Date: 2017
Release Format: Film Festivals
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running Time: 74 min
Adah and Aaron are literally Assholes.
Adah and Aaron are recovering addicts who are struggling to stay sober. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest assholes in New York City. (from SXSW film festival schedule)
Overview: It’s literally everything you read on the synopsis. Nothing more, nothing less. Assholes is a very disturbing film and very difficult to watch. I paused too many times. I do enjoy gross-out movies and even decide to watch them sometimes, you know, to keep an open mind and make my own opinion, but Assholes definitely raised up that bar really high up. Or down below, since the film isn’t that interesting.
Betsey Brown…Adah Shapiro
Peter Vack…Adam Shapiro
Jane Brown…Anne Shapiro
Ron Brown…Anthony Shapiro
Jack Dunphy…Aaron Mark
Even though the film didn’t keep myself entertained at all – I was mostly bored or disgusted, I must say that there was some good work from the director. The film is beautifully shot and cinematography is quite pro, so I guess that’s a plus. It helps since the film is bare explicit most of the time and I have to say that the decorative art department impressed me quite a bit.
There’s a scene where Adah is writing some texts to her brother Adam, played by Vack, and her room is simply gorgeous great decorations and objects disposition. The lighting is bright and the colors are warm, keeping the film as different as the subject unfolds. It has a Gregg Araki vibe from the colors of cinematography, extensive dialogues and almost-documented moments from the characters with the viewer and the impressive and raw exposition of the human body.
You’re not expecting that gross subject underneath that beautiful picture. That’s a great point of effort for Mr. Vack. Another great point would be the practical effects as you can imagine. The herpes and how the characters evolve to assholes (as part of the human body) felt palpable.
Lastly, the performance from Eileen Dietz (remember the Pazuzu demon silhouette on The Exorcist? Yep, that’s her!) as the birth demon originated by Aaron and Adah’s post-abusing of poppers and asshole love making is a delight and a fresh take at this twisted romantic tale.
The principal problem I had with Assholes is that it’s trying to be different and seems to have potential to actually achieve it, but it doesn’t at all. Even though the cinematography blew me away, the film and its story isn’t that interesting and mostly is only being provocative. It didn’t grow on me and I don’t have a necessity to watch it again. I had a hard time watching it. As I said before, the style helps the viewing experience but it definitely doesn’t take your mind away from the gross out scenes in it and its devious mind behind it.
3. In Conclusion:
Peter Vack loves filmmaking, we can easily feel that there’s a real filmmaker behind the camera, and a good one technically but when it comes to storytelling, Assholes went off the rails. Watch it if you’re into extreme cinema, but otherwise, skip it. It’s not worth the time after all.
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