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Kabluey (2007)

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84

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 6

An effecting treatise on modern alienation, Scott Prendergast's story of a hapless loser who finds recognition by donning a featureless suit is full of whimsy and sorrow.

86

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

An effecting treatise on modern alienation, Scott Prendergast's story of a hapless loser who finds recognition by donning a featureless suit is full of whimsy and sorrow.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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The mother of two rambunctious young boys is barely holding things together while her husband's National Guard unit is off fighting in Iraq. Desperate for some help, she lets her husband's brother, Salman move in and act as make-shift nanny. But his parenting skills are lacking and soon all hell breaks loose. In order to keep the family afloat, Salman takes a job as a corporate mascot, spending his days baking in the heat of a ridiculous giant blue costume. However, the suit's anonymity offers

PG-13,

Art House & International, Comedy

Scott Prendergast

Sep 16, 2008

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

...a low-key comedy perfectly tuned for our times.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Short on substance, despite a watchable supporting cast and an amiable overall tenor.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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While it borrows from obvious sources, Kabluey eventually comes into its own as a wacky commentary on the state of America in the fifth year of the Iraq war.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A dark piece of whimsy that enchants and befuddles in equal measure.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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In costume and character, Prendergast is a little funny and more than a little sad. So is the film.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Kabluey, which has no discernible political agenda, is wildly uneven and often seems like a short stretched to feature length. But it's also kind of oddly endearing.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Hey, ever wonder about the secret lives of those guys dancing around in the Subway sandwich outfits in 100-degree summer heat, and all that brought them to that point? Then Kabluey might be for you.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

an anthem for hard times

September 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Kabluey nearly implodes in the opening moments but swiftly finds its footing.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

An impressive debut both on screen and off.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Prendergast doesn't chase alternative statements, he wants to make people laugh, and Kabluey is one of the more inventive, invigorating productions to come out of the industry's lonely right field.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

This heartfelt film, though a bit uneven, is touching most of the time, funny some of the time, but always original and appealing.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Quirky and undisturbed, unaffected and unaffecting.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Dramedy with mature themes is light on substance.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Subtle, strange and off-kilter without becoming self-consciously quirky.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If it comes to your city, be sure to check out one of the lost gems of the year.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

An offbeat a comedy of discomfort.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The filmmakers here not only disguise what they would like to say about the long-waged war, they obscure the message, leaving one with not much more than a few brief glimpses of the war's effects amidst a number of quirky distractions.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kabluey

Includes all the ingredients of an indie movie: an aimless nogoodnik, an estranged family who tests his adult responsibilities, a strange part-time job that requires a quirky/cute costume, a redemption moment that establishes his self-worth and strengthens his bond with aforemetioned estranged family.

It's all very nice, and I like the quirky filmmaking aspects as well, like zooming in on weird physical phenomena, like the ghosty rotations a plastic spoon makes after you let go from stirring it.

I would have liked a bit more life or explanation in Lisa Kudrow's character. Yes, she's a depressive, but there isn't much for the character or actor to do, and the reasons for her affair are just a bit too indie-understated...indiestated? I also wonder why Salman leaves before reconciling with his brother, which seems to have been a source of tension throughout the whole movie.
July 7, 2014
aliceinpunderland

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Strange little movie that really made me laugh. Dealing with murderous kids (literally), the world's shittiest job (bar none), a sweet, kind lady who wants to run him down with her car every time she spots him... oh yeah, and an old man who has a deep and loving relationship with his soup thermos. What's not to love? :D
November 1, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

I can't believe Lisa Kudrow is so hilarious even when she's not loud and noisy like Phoebe. This is definitely an indie film, but it's not the sugary, embrace life kind of indie and that is refreshing. Scott Prendergast manages to make the most inane things hilarious, and as a result puts an interesting spin on the tried-and-true subject of dysfunctional family. I wish this movie had been put on wider release because I think it could have done well given the right distribution. Oh well, at least I got to see it...
December 26, 2008
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

[size=3]The best thing about "Kabluey," the debut film from writer/director/actor [b]Scott Prendergast[/b], is the title. Second best is the costume that the lead character wears through much of the film: a sort of smurf with existential angst. Everything else about the film, from the acting to the script to the direction is horrendous. [/size]

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[size=3]It pains me to say this, but Mr. Prendergast is just a mediocre, shallow filmmaker. He seems like the kind of person that can come up with a great premise, but that's it. He should pitch ideas to real scriptwriters who can take his premise and build a real story around it. "Kabluey" is so shallow that it can't be said that it even is a real story. It's a sketch of a story. After a real scriptwriter develops a screenplay with a deep and interesting story, Prendergast should hire a real director to turn it into a movie. Prendergast does not appear to be at all skilled as a director.[/size]
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July 7, 2008
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