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The Anarchist Cookbook (2002)



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A so-called anarchist gets an unexpected crash-course in living on the edge in this independent comedy drama. Puck (Devon Gummersall) is a college dropout and self-styled political radical who lives with a handful of friends in an anarchist commune near Plano, TX. Puck's roommates and fellow semi-revolutionaries include aging hippie Johnny Red (John Savage), man-crazy feminist Karla (Gina Philips), DJ and ladies' man Sweeney (Johnny Whitworth), and cheerful mischief maker Double Dee (Steve Van Wormer). While Puck and his pals enjoy engaging in occasional acts of creative vandalism, their sense of anarchy is more a matter of personal choice than a genuine threat against the larger standing order. That begins to change when the mysterious Johnny Black (Dylan Bruno) ingratiates himself into the commune. Johnny Black's political agenda is significantly more aggressive than that of Puck and his friends, and his willingness to use violence to achieve his ends disturbs Puck, as Black not only takes control of the group, but adds guns, explosives, and sabotage to their formula. Puck also finds himself torn between his commitment to his ideals and his infatuation with Jody (Katherine Towne), whose sexual appetites run counter to her public reputation as a Christian and Young Republican organizer. Taking its title from William Powell's infamous book of the same name (which the author has since come to repudiate), The Anarchist Cookbook was the first feature film from writer and director Jordan Susman.more
Rating: R (language, sexuality and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Jordan Susman
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On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
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Dylan Bruno
as Johnny Black
John Savage
as Johnny Red
Richard Black
as Milo the Nazi
Kinna McInroe
as Rollerskating Waitre...
Todd Terry
as Judge William Havers...
Bo Barron
as Cool Teen
Darryl Cox
as Mr. Gold
Justin Howard
as Davy Crockett
Richard Jackson
as Security Guard
Robert N. McLain
as Security Guard
Cliff Stephens
as Officer Roger
Laurel Whitsett
as Sweet Thang
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Critic Reviews for The Anarchist Cookbook

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

This movie is sharp. It makes you think.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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The film feels as loose and unfocused as the collective's political beliefs, at times veering dangerously close to Animal House territory.

July 23, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A lame contemporary comedy about a radical Dallas commune operating out of a bookstore.

July 22, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

The Anarchist Cookbook bristles with wit and ideas.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Anarchist Cookbook strains for a jazzy, Oliver Stone-ish look, but at its heart it is a placid and conventional moral tale about the dangers of wandering too far off the pathway.

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's so devoid of a personal imprint that either Susman doesn't have very clearly formed opinions himself or he isn't much good at getting them across to the audience.

Full Review… | July 16, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Anarchist Cookbook

Great movie. The dialogue was great and funny. Story was good and great character design! Interesting concepts just too extreme! I actually want to see the Anarchist Cookbook just to see what all the fuss was about!

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a sub-par meshing of two far superior movies, Fight Club and SLC Punk. though it does have a few good parts.

An almost plotless tale of how a nihilist almost undermines the peaceful demonstration of this group of anarchists.

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