The Ape (2005)
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A low budget Indie directed/written/executive produced/starring by James Franco. A nice try, some points/punches made although not that astounding overall.
Deeply unfunny and flawed so completely it's tough to believe that anyone could actually develop the concept beyond an embarrassing short story from middle school. It's not compelling in any way. Though Franco does a passable job acting, the writing makes him seem like an alien in disguise trying to make other humans believe he is a normal sexual creature, best exemplified by the way he reacts to his co-worker chastising him for a sexual dalliance. The bizarreness of this film's inability to work is on par with 'Plan 9 From Outer Space', a comparison that is helped greatly by the awkward musical cues and stupidly unnecessary Dostoevsky quotes book-ending each segment. Franco's dynamic with the eponymous ape is indescribable. It couldn't more obviously be a bad comedian with zero presence in a suit. Once one gets to the end, one must seriously begin to question the sanity of someone involved, and since Franco wrote the play, screenplay, produced, directed, and starred, it's tough to point the finger anywhere else.
OMG this was awful. I love James Franco but this movie is just so fucked up! I gave it a chance but NO.
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