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Rubin and Ed (1991)

Rubin and Ed





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Weird. Bizarre. Strange. These are all words that critics have used to describe this way-off-beat buddy comedy that centers upon Rubin Farr, a disco throwback dressed in platform shoes and a ghastly too-small polyester outfit, who lives in his mother's motel and spends most of his time petting his cat and daydreaming about the bikini-clad poster girl on his wall. When the cat dies, Rubin is devastated and puts it into the freezer until he can find the perfect burial spot. Rubin's mother is worried about her reclusive son and so forces him to find a friend to bring home for dinner. He ends up with ultra-bland yuppie-wannabe Ed Tuttle, a recruiter for a real estate magnate's get-rich-quick seminars. Ed sees the oddly dressed Rubin as an opportunity to further his own career. The two wait and wait for Rubin's mother to come home and make dinner, but she is late and so at Rubin's suggestion they set off towards the Utah desert to bury the frozen cat. Rubin then commandeers Ed's borrowed car and they begin their adventure, bickering all the way. While in the hottest part of the desert, the car breaks down and then things get really wacked out when they both begin suffering sunstrokes and hallucinations. Rubin ends up unconscious in a cave, dreaming that he has become King of the Echo People, a delusion that continues long after Ed saves him. Meanwhile, Busta, Ed's boss reports his car stolen and more trouble ensues.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Trent Harris
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On DVD: Aug 26, 1992
Working Title Films


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August 14, 2005

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Rubin and Ed

A brilliantly wacky movie. I absolutely love it. Crispin plays a charmingly weird guy you can't help but love, and he's so funny too. The whole movie is full of zany comedy. One of my favourite movies of the 90s, I highly recommend it.

Aj V

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This definitely fits in with the zany comedy trend of the late 80s to early 90s, but it's not hard to see why it's unknown. It really is strange and odd through and through, and whereas someone like me embraced that aspect, the general public may dismiss it as stupid. Stupid is quite far from what this film is, I would say brilliant. The humor is just so odd and genius and it also says alot about human nature. It's really sad that this hasn't seen a DVD release yet, or at least if it has it's out of print. I demand a special edition with commentary!

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer


Can your cat eat a whole watermelon? Well Rubin's can, Rubin and Ed was a surreal experience, but not too surreal. Crispin Glover plays Rubin a weirdo shut in who keeps his dead cat frozen in the fridge until he can bury him. Howard Hesseman plays Ed, a man struggling to find success that seems to escape him at every turn. Ed convinces Rubin to come to a seminar with him, but Rubin won't go until he buries his the middle of the desert. The film was funny, not hilarious but I chuckled the whole time I watched.
Trent Harris was the wonderful director and writer of the film. He kept the movie going at a good pace. Using special effects when need and using props to their utmost. The story never missed a beat in making me smile and laugh. The sets and locations were great. The characters start off a little remote, especially Rubin, but as the film goes along you really start to like them, even rooting for them. When the soundtrack came into play, it helped to enhance the experience.
The only real downside that I found was Rubin is a little too weird. I'm sure they did this to enhance his characters unusual personality, but even I was taken aback at times. In all I recommend the movie for fans of zaniness, for everyone else...if you can find this film rent it. If only to say you watched a rare movie that was worth stumbling upon.

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