Ape (2014)




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There are a myriad of young directors who have decided to focus their attention on the failures of their peers, daring to show the western white male as immature and antisocial, exposing his contradictions, neuroses and anxieties. Welcome to economically depressed Grand Rapids, Michigan, the city of director Joel Potrykus. Here we find the listless Trevor Newandyke (a brilliant Joshua Burge), a sociopath, comic failure and arsonist. His efforts to wrestle a smile from his audience with his stand-up monologues lead to one flop after another. His jokes give off a desperate, sarcastic vision, expressing a true punk sense of humour that forestalls any kind of public support. When he's not trying to invent pathetic jokes in front of his bathroom mirror, Trevor likes to set fire to rubbish bins and gets off on the sound of throwing Molotov cocktails at his neighbours' homes. Trevor's life is a concentration of trouble, absurd meetings and discussions, public humiliation, solitary wanderings and long moments of exhaustion spent between the walls of his small room. One day a man dressed as the Devil offers him a deal. (c) Official Site
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Joshua Burge
as Trevor Newandyke
Gary Bosek
as Spicer
Daniel Falicki
as The Devil
Benjamin Riley
as The Bum

Critic Reviews for Ape

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

This unnerving character study by Joel Potrykus embraces the anxieties and neuroses of its protagonist, but despite the dire subject matter it manages to be fractiously playful.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Chicago Reader
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While the delivery isn't the smoothest, this portrait of a sociopath comic still hits its keenly-observed marks.

Full Review… | April 25, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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A biting, sometimes droll look at the allure of humiliation, "Ape" appears simple, but its underlying machinery is joltingly clever.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Potrykus offers a variety of intriguing suggestions about the relationship between laughter and violence, performance and destruction.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Village Voice
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Slightly psychotic... lets us fill in the character's blank slate, possibly, probably, with our own psychoses, be they great or moderate.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014

Audience Reviews for Ape


While the delivery isn't the smoothest, this portrait of a sociopath comic still hits its keenly-observed marks.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

If Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' & 'The King of Comedy', Bronstein's 'Frownland' and Schumacher's 'Falling Down' (with a touch of Cronenberg & Korine) had engaged in an orgy while next to a raging inferno, you'd get this movie. Trevor is a struggling comedian who is also a pyromaniac. One day he makes a deal with a man dressed as the devil in exchange for a golden apple. The apple he eats in it's entirety while on stage and it boosts his confidence while slowly sucking the life out of him. As a way of removing his humility, but to remind him of it, someone in an ape costume parades around like the man in the rabbit suit from Donnie Darko. It plays an existential role in Trevor's toilet flush of a life, but you can't help but find a likable quality to him. Joshua Burge as Trevor was utterly convincing as the psycho comedian with a pyromania fetish. The anti-funny stance to the stand up world was perfectly satirized and the real world surrounding Trevor's struggle was harsh and sad. Still, it's an impressively made movie with a LOT of angry energy buried underneath.

The Vulture
The Vulture

The first hour of the movie was a depressing, clerk-style but with awful acting disaster. The "devil" portion was sort of clever but not a strong enough finale to make up for a dreary 90%.

Ryan Klinen
Ryan Klinen

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