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Ass Backwards (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a "girl in a box" at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO....of her own one-woman egg donor "corporation". Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable

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June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson

Jan 27, 2014

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As with any kind of episodic or sketch comedy, some gags land more effectively than others, although you'll likely find a line or a beat or an image that makes you laugh from start to finish.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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The road adventures they have along the way aren't funny, and once they reach the pageant, the comic payoff you're hoping for never materializes.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Where movie comedy teams once required a "straight" member - or so-called normal characters - off which to bounce stupidity or silliness, Raphael and Wilson believe total immersion in thickheadedness and failure is riot enough.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Raphael and Wilson are impressively committed to these misadventures, but it's a shame the movie is so cruel to the characters.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Wilson and Raphael have been a comedy team for years, and they riff off each other expertly; too often, however, that's all they do.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The episodic story and minimal budget result in a small canvas over which these two huge characters dominate.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Chris Nelson's Ass Backwards certainly doesn't aspire to being anything more than passing entertainment. But sadly, this listless, flat, and exceptionally derivative movie doesn't even achieve that modest goal.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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It's a little slapdash, a little flimsy, and doesn't seem to quite know what it wants to be at times, but it's good to see Raphael and Wilson get the chance to finally carry something for once.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Ass Backwards overcomes the obvious beats with clever, occasionally dark jokes that reveal the sharpness of its stars' writing.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Ass Backwards is a film that is all-at-once hilarious, intelligent, poignant and accessible.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Wilson and Raphael do not hold back in their performances, fully committing to their roles and making Chloe and Kate both lovable and laughable.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

This is a feature that opens and closes with shots of women urinating. No amount of high-beam comedic work is going save a picture that doesn't have much imagination to begin with.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

The pessimistic, passive-aggressive "Ass Backwards" may have been written by women, but one would never guess it judging by the evidence onscreen.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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Comedy can be fueled by desperation, but the characters are the ones who should be flailing wildly, not the writer-stars.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

A below-90-minute running time is not even a silver lining to a film that lives up to its name in more ways than one.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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