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Monkey Warfare

Monkey Warfare (2006)

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A pair of pot-smoking Toronto bohemians whose dealer has just been busted are shaken from their stoned complacency by a mysterious young radical in director Reginald Harkema's contemporary urban comedy. Dan (Don McKellar) and Linda (Tracy Wright) spend their days scavenging the local garbage dumps and garage sales for undervalued curiosities, and the nights smoking weed and gazing at the stars. When their usually-reliable dealer is suddenly, and unwillingly forced out of business by the

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Not only does it wear its budgetary restrictions with flair and a winning sense of authenticity, it allows its characters - and the remarkable trio who play them - to roam freely in the gap between good intentions and regrettable results.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Along with some fairly silly comedy, romance and irony bounce off each other through Monkey Warfare.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Deep-dyed deadpan Monkey Warfare reps an above-average entry in the Canadian cinematic tradition of loser comedy.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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A self-professed student of Godard, [Reginald] Harkema more closely resembles another Godard acolyte, Tarantino, right down to the latter's love of weed, foxy chicks, and subtle deceptiveness.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Stylus Magazine

Closet anarchists and urban guerrillas everywhere will enjoy director/writer ... Reginald Harkema's 'How to Fuck The Man' primer.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: JWR

In the end, the movie's higher themes -- whether the kids and their angry anarchy is "purer" and less hypocritical than old-school activism, that sort of thing -- tend to fall flat.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Low-key yet strangely compelling...

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Monkey Warfare

A surprisingly prescient film for those Bikes Lanes on Bloor weirdos and a cautionary tale for the G20 douchebags who smashed up my city, Monkey Warfare is a gritty film in which an ex-revolutionary un-couple in Toronto's gentrifying Parkdale neighbourhood reluictantly lets their ingenue pot-dealer into their lives. The result? A lesson in revolution and an awkward love triangle, that, though heavy-handed in places and seeemingly wandering in the early-going, continuously ups the ante and finishes with a wallop. Another solid Canadian film that no one saw. What a shame. Watch this!
December 4, 2010
danperry17

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Hm what can one say about this terribly bizarre film but exactly just that?

Two torontians living off people's garbage to make money and stay alive that smoke waaay too much pot. Once, their dealer gets busted they go looking for other means of getting some weed.

Than, Dan meets Susan who is so different from his 'roomate' that he instantly takes to hanging out with her and finds out she 'sells trees.'

Things get complicated once 'roomie' finds out and then after sharing some old records and books with this new young Susan...things really take a completely different direction.

Not your typical 'run of the mill' comedy about two stoners. Not for everyone, check it out if you like political type movies I suppose.
December 1, 2007
A love affair for Parkdale? Pleeeease.
January 27, 2012
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