The Auteur

2008

The Auteur

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67%

TOMATOMETER

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42%
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42%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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As an eight-year-old boy in a small Italian village, Arturo Domingo found copies of both Cahiers du Cinéma and Hustler under his parents' bed, and it was then that his future as the "Kubrick of porno" took root. Now mid-career, after a number of highly acclaimed films (like My Left Nut), he finds himself in a bit of a slump. His work has slipped since he parted ways with his longtime collaborator and star, Frank Normo, now the host of a wildly successful sex/travel reality show. Domingo also finds himself attending a retrospective of his work in Portland, Oregon and thinking obsessively about the lost love of his life so much that he can't concentrate on his real mission: to finally screen the controversial director's cut of his epic Vietnam-era flick, Full Metal Jackoff.

This hilarious spoof is the brainchild of former Portland, Oregon video store clerk James Westby (Film Geek) who directs, writes, edits, and even composes some songs for the film. The various porno clips, all send-ups of cinema classics, are simply ingenious. Westby's Portland location sets the film perfectly askew: At one point a very conspicuous, very Hollywood Domingo ends up in a rural commune called "Paradise," where he gets a lesson in organic bud and chakras from frolicking nudist hippies. A cameo by Ron Jeremy, nostalgic use of Super 8 footage, and a great indie rock soundtrack round out the film, which ends in a truly unforgettable climax. --© Tribecca Film Festival

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  • Half of the laughs stem from X-rated spins on famous movie titles, but a gentle, less ironic humor also occasionally pokes through.

    Jul 23, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • It's a one-joke affair that quickly abandons snarky, devilish wit and aims instead for easier, more obvious gags.

    Mar 25, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • too tame to be outrageous, too limp to be erotic, and too predictable to be in any way surprising

    Feb 4, 2009 | Rating: 46/100 | Full Review…
  • It's heart it's a goofy, smutty comedy about sex and the film industry, two of the most humorous topics out there.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • If you don't mind a lot of smutty gags mixed with a strange concoction of wit, warmth, and (yes) melodrama, I'm betting you'll become a fan of The Auteur.

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's no Hitchcock in The Auteur, which is surprising considering the second syllable of the Master of Suspense's surname.

    Apr 25, 2008 | Full Review…

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