High Strung Reviews
[u]Director[/u]: Roger Nygard
[u]The skinny[/u]: Life doesn't seem to be working out for children's book author Thane Furrows. For starters, he's plagued by a domineering mother, a neighbor who constantly blasts loud rock music, and an insurance salesman who never stops pestering him. Things become even more unbearable for Thane when his career takes a disastrous turn and he starts seeing and hearing a strange man who taunts him with a prediction for Thane's future -- a prediction that makes the writer fear for his very life...
[u]My view[/u]: If you ever get the chance, WATCH THIS MOVIE! It is a rare find in the local Blockbuster or Hollywood Video Stores, so you're probably going to have to go to the good' ol Mom & Pop's video store to get this video. Steve Oedekirk makes this movie come to life with his comedy which is periodically assisted by Jim Carrey. This movie is a non-stop laugh festival from the get go, you will not go wrong in renting this movie.
[u]Notable[/u]: This is one of Jim Carrey's earlier little known films.
To clarify, this movie is shot almost entirely in one apartment and could very well have ended up being just any stand up act. Yet, it becomes more than that. The central character, Thane Furrows (Oedekerk) is constantly at the height of frustration, and is being bombarded by minor annoyances as well as cryptic death threats. These increasing inner and outer influences slowly bring his "contents under pressure" to a roiling boil and an eventual breakdown until he finally comes face-to-face with death (Jim Carrey.)
Seeing the very limits of Thane's ability to get angry about things like watermelon popsicles, along with the director's ability to keep shots both interesting and effective in one location make for both a strong performance, and a well crafted and hilarious (almost) one man show. Jim Carrey, Fred Willard and Tom Wilson (Biff Tannen from 'Back to the Future') also grace the screen to keep things interesting.
One of my favorites and worth a try for anyone who's ever gotten too upset over nothing at all (or at lest gets a kick out of watching other people that do.)