Cheap Thrills (2014)
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Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a
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Dark, deeply disturbing and occasionally comic, Cheap Thrills puts a contemporary spin on the cinematic version of dare, pitting a mysterious guy with a wad of cash against a financially desperate pair of blue collars.
Cheap Thrills is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, which doubtless will be the strongest selling point for this worst-case scenario about steadily escalating dares and degradations.
if there's one thing Cheap Thrills stands for, it's fun -- sick, demented fun, the kind that hurts the next day.
A jet-black, vaguely satiric but never jokey crime thriller. Enthralling, wince-inducing and purposefully unpleasant.
Cheap Thrills seriousness is cloaked in a darkly hilarious game of frat-guy oneupmanship. It's about the things bros are capable of.
The result? High and humorous tension both on the screen and in the audience seats.
Cheap Thrills is a darkly comedic cult winner blending Troma-inspired wackiness with pure, devious genre entertainment - just don't try any of these dares at home.
This movie is less about relationships, character development and moral questions about how far we'd go to make money, and more, as the title says, about cheap thrills. Cheap, bloody, disturbingly funny thrills.
Ultimately, Cheap Thrills is another film that should provoke some fascinating discussions about class, economy and the state of both in our country right now.
Cheap Thrills is a film that works as entertainment first, but it offers up a vital and horrifying discussion of the growing division between the haves and the have nots, and as a glimpse of what could be, it is truly chilling.
Simple, effective and consistently provocative, Cheap Thrills is a masterful debut from a director to watch.
Ahead of its satiric aims, Cheap Thrills ultimately delivers its titular promise again and again.
It's not a swiftly paced picture, but when it finally arrives at the horrible business, it pulls off the madness with gusto.
With a grindhouse title like Cheap Thrills, Cheap Thrills delivers the goods by exploiting its characters in fun and provocative ways.
Writer-director E.L. Katz manages to effortlessly balance punishing violence, rich characterizations, gallows humor, and even social commentary, all without compromising emotional accessibility or good old-fashioned storytelling.
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