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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.

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Cast

Dylan Bruno
as Johnny Black
John Savage
as Johnny Red
Richard Black
as Milo the Nazi
Kinna McInroe
as Rollerskating Waitress
Todd Terry
as Judge William Haversford
Bo Barron
as Cool Teen
Darryl Cox
as Mr. Gold
Justin Howard
as Davy Crockett
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.

September 11, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

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

July 22, 2003 | Rating: 0/4

The Anarchist Cookbook bristles with wit and ideas.

July 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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.

July 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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.

July 16, 2003 | Full Review…

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