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Wrong (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 13

Wrong is strange and meandering, but its absurdist vignettes reveal a unique, wry wit.

59

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 7

Wrong is strange and meandering, but its absurdist vignettes reveal a unique, wry wit.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 3,134

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Dolph Springer (Reno 911's Jack Plotnick) awakens one morning to find he has lost the sole love of his life - his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on a journey which spirals into the realm of the absurd. On his quest, he drastically alters the lives of several severely bizarro characters, including a promiscuous pizza delivery girl (Entourage's Alexis Dziena), a mentally unstable, jogging-addicted neighbor, an opportunistic

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Drama, Comedy

Quentin Dupieux

Jun 11, 2013

$45.2k

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There's a winning confidence to the filmmaking, which is deceptively stylish - Dupieux favours nervy close-ups and blurred foregrounds - and some real soul in Plotnick's performance.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Dupieux makes the viewer work for it with Wrong. And it's not always worth the effort ...

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Dupieux has to be applauded for creating a unique universe, but sometimes he seems stuck in it - to the point where we feel we're not always in on the joke.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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In Wrong, reality and the world of the film will regularly upend themselves; it's never quite reliably clear, though, that these inexplicable events are happening for a purpose.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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Dupieux doesn't make films for everyone, but he does craft creative and abstract trips that are more than worth going on, even if they're fantastically difficult to explain to anyone who has yet to join the club.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Dupieux's absurdism is simply muddled, masking the fact he doesn't really have much to say.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The whole film feels a bit like a dream after a late-night burrito, leaving you wondering if moments in the film actually happened, particularly when mulling over it the next day.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Apart from arousing fitful curiosity, this stretch of surrealism yawns into an arid expanse of flat quirkiness. Meanders between torquing noir clichés and drifting through a funhouse-mirror-maze of SoCal conventions. Little strange poetry emerges.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Wrong wears out its welcome even at 94 minutes.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A work of much playfulness and imagination, Wrong hints at a broader promise of budding, starburst auteurism upon which the film as a whole -- a nice, silly riff that could work better in truncated form -- doesn't fully deliver.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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Quentin Dupieux's brand of absurdism lands somewhere between the plays of Eugène Ionesco, the looniest sketches of Monty Python, and the most adventurous efforts of the Adult Swim brigade.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Grid
The Grid

This isn't a long film, but it lacks propulsion at times. Luckily, it maintains its wry outlook and never quite erases the good will that its best moments inspire.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

For all its dominant paradigm subverting, "Wrong" never feels dangerous or truly challenging, content generally to amuse rather than amaze.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

I'll happily jump aboard the "Why Not" train that Quentin Dupieux so emphatically conducts yet again for Wrong, another delightfully absurd film that so many viewers will wrongfully, but understandably, hate.

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

... crafts some amusing exchanges and trippy images even if the whole thing never adds up to much in the end.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

With all of its robe mocking, its pet kidnapping service, its squeaky turkey dog toys, and most of all its turd memories, Wrong is one of the most unique films you'll ever sit through.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Have you ever been stuck at a party talking to a guy who thinks he's a comic genius?

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's off-kilter style to spare: empty frames, heightened sterile imagery and mannered performances. But there's nothing below the surface that we haven't seen before.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
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Audience Reviews for Wrong

Dolph wakes up to find his dog missing; to find him he'll have to deal with a neighbor who's in denial about his own jogging, an overly-attached pizza delivery girl, a detective who focuses on finding the dog's stool sample, and other bizarre characters. Dolph keeps going to his job everyday despite the fact that the indoor sprinkler system runs constantly and he was fired months ago; all of the jokes are like Monty Python members' dreams, played straight. This style of comedy will be intolerable for many, but it's an interesting ride if you can get into the spirit.
July 18, 2013
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The silly plot remains intriguing for most of the time, with a pileup of Lynchian and Kaufmanian nonsense that proves to be quite amusing and hilarious - even if it doesn't have anything intelligent or consistent to say and feels a bit longer than it is.
September 15, 2012
blacksheepboy

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Things aren't going too well for Dolph Springer (Plotnick). His dog has been kidnapped, his palm tree has turned into a pine tree, and his gardener (Judor) is posing as him to have sex with the pizzeria receptionist (Dziena) who's fallen for his voice over the phone. On top of all this, he still turns up to his office, where it constantly rains indoors inexplicably, despite being sacked three months ago. Welcome to the world of Quentin Dupieux, the mad Gaul who first came to public attention with a late nineties Levi's commercial featuring a head-banging puppet named Flat Eric (who makes a small cameo here).
If you thought Dupieux's previous feature 'Rubber', the story of a tire with the power to make heads explode telepathically, was absurd, his latest will really have you scratching your cranium. Unlike that film, which was essentially a pun stretched to feature length, 'Wrong' actually has something approaching a narrative, and, crucially, a lot of laughs. He may hail from France, a nation often mocked for its lack of humor, but Dupieux has probably made the best American comedy you'll see all year. It's certainly a welcome respite from the "mumblecore" dramedies so beloved by the American indie set.

Absurdist humor can be painfully unfunny in the wrong hands. The Coens, Terry Gilliam, and Charlie Kaufman have all failed for one specific reason: they try too hard. David Lynch can pull it off because he is genuinely insane and, as a result, his surreal humor flows naturally. Dupieux, who not only directed but wrote, shot, cut and scored his film, may well have a screw loose as the gags in 'Wrong' are completely off the wall but never feel forced. Here, the situations are absurd but the characters are deadpan, unlike say, a Coen Brothers film which would employ exactly the reverse approach. Comedy is far more effective when the audience understands the joke better than the participating characters.
Ninety percent of viewers will no doubt find all this infuriating but if you're a fan of comedy that manages to be incredibly clever about being incredibly stupid, 'Wrong' will provide an entertaining ninety minutes.
January 27, 2013
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    1. Victor: I don't know how it happened, or why, but the palm tree is no longer a palm tree.
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