Stark Raving Mad Reviews
Stark Raving Mad is a hilarious, dark comedy that doesn't disappoint. Over the coarse of one night, the somewhat morally questionable protagonist Ben McGewan (Seann William Scott) leads his crew of outcasts on a highly profitable, highly risky bank robbery. As the night unfolds, complications arise. Can Ben and his accomplices manage to emerge unscathed. It is definitely worth watching to find out.
Parts of this movie may seem crude, chaotic, or stark raving mad at times, but who's life isn't.
Lou Diamond Phillips' character, Gregory, was actually kind of cool. He is a mob boss type and has white hair like that other guy (what's his name?).
Timm Sharp plays Rikki, the kind of sidekick guy who gets the short end of the stick every time it seems. I have never seen Sharp in anything else (he hasn't been in much) but I hope this movie gets him some more roles. I liked his portrayal of Rikki, maybe partly because I usually like those kinds of characters. He was likeable, and I'm surprised he made it through the movie alive, considering he was beaten to unconsciousness twice.
Monet Mazur plays Vanessa, and this character was totally annoying and pointless. She was like a semi-love interest, but who knows why? I can't imagine a guy wanting to be with a girl like that. It was funny at the end when she was shoved out of the van. :up:
Dave Foley plays Roy, a father and I believe they called it FBI Agent. He didn't convince me in either role, because he looked and seemed more like an overaged college student. Maybe the clothes were part of his "cover" but it just didn't work for me. I really couldn't see him busting in on the mob, or fathering a "hot" blonde slut.
There was also the guy who had seizures, and that was kind of funny. It's like Murphy's Law for bank robberies. All we need is for the safe cracking guy to go into epileptic seizures. Then the other guy gets drugged, so it's all up to the girl.
In the end, all works out well.[/FONT]
Forced to repay his dead brother?s debts to a local crime boss (Lou Diamond Phillips), Ben McGewen (Scott) plans one last heist before retiring. The plan is to stage a rave and, using it as cover, break into the bank next door to retrieve a priceless statue. However, Murphy?s Law intervenes and McGewen soon discovers his foolproof plan has a few unexpected loopholes. An uncooperative club owner, undercover FBI agents, the local Chinese mafia, and his own crew of bank robbers threaten to blow the plan out of the water and land Ben in the hot seat.
This is Scott?s most likeable character yet. Ben is cocky and sure of himself, but Scott abandons the obnoxious behavior his characters are famous for and basically plays straight man to the rest of the cast. Joining Scott is an ensemble of lesser-known, but very funny, actors including Timm Sharp as loveable loser, Rikki; Patrick Breen as a superstitious, epileptic safecracker; John B. Crye as a former concert pyrotechnician turned demolitions expert; Suzy Nakamura as the security systems expert; and, Dave Foley as an undercover FBI agent with more at stake than he realizes.
Director?s and screenwriters Drew Daywalt and David Schneider keep the action moving at a pretty brisk pace and do a nice job of juggling multiple storylines and tying it all together in the end.
Recently released on DVD, Stark Raving Mad is presented in 1.85:1widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital or 2.0 DD Surround. Bonus features include optional commentary, a brief, and boring, behind the scenes featurette, storyboards, and a photo gallery.
Stark Raving Mad is a surprisingly good film and deserves a broader audience than its STV status will probably allow.