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Ass Backwards (2013)



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Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a "girl in a box" at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO....of her own one-woman egg donor "corporation". Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable losers as they take an ass backwards journey home to reclaim their crown, stopping off at a women's separatist commune, an amateur strip club competition, and meeting their favorite reality TV star along the way. (c) Gravitas

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Bob Odenkirk
as Pageant MC
Paul Scheer
as Strip Club Owner
Meg Hatton
as Little Kate
Ursula Parker
as Little Chloe
Kaylyn Slevin
as Little Laurel
Drew Droege
as Homeless Norma
Debra Monk
as Pawn Shop Owner
Jon Paul Phillips
as Adonis on Bus
Bruce MacVittie
as Club Owner
Jason Hurt
as Manuel
Patrizia Hernandez
as Club Dancer
Jimmy Alotta
as Gas Station Clerk
Castille Landon
as Mercedes Benz (Stripper)
Peggy Pope
as Brian's Mom
Edward James Hyland
as Interventionist
Christina Sciongay
as Colleen McNiff
Stephanie Miles
as Jennifer Pagano
Coreen Burke
as Pageant Director
Alexandra Tenney
as Amanda Sovik
Ashley Abate
as Irish Jig Dancing Contestant
Catrina Ganey
as Vet Receptionist
Valentina de Angelis
as Spring Break Girl 1
Taylor Gildersleeve
as Spring Break Girl 2
Chike Johnson
as Bus Driver
Cynthia Enriquez
as Pageant Contestant
Grace Gold
as Pageant Contestant
Amaryliss Rodriguez
as Pageant Contestant
Daniela Mercado
as Pageant Contestant
Jessica Perez
as Pageant Contestant
Samantha Jaikaran
as Pageant Contestant
Katherine Guevara
as Pageant Contestant
Meg Allan Cole
as Laurel Fan
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

As with any kind of episodic or sketch comedy, some gags land more effectively than others, although you'll likely find a line or a beat or an image that makes you laugh from start to finish.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Top Critic

The road adventures they have along the way aren't funny, and once they reach the pageant, the comic payoff you're hoping for never materializes.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Where movie comedy teams once required a "straight" member - or so-called normal characters - off which to bounce stupidity or silliness, Raphael and Wilson believe total immersion in thickheadedness and failure is riot enough.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Raphael and Wilson are impressively committed to these misadventures, but it's a shame the movie is so cruel to the characters.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Ass Backwards overcomes the obvious beats with clever, occasionally dark jokes that reveal the sharpness of its stars' writing.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Wilson and Raphael have been a comedy team for years, and they riff off each other expertly; too often, however, that's all they do.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ass Backwards

The first act of this movie is actually quite hilarious. After their road trip gets set into motion, it loses all focus and becomes a choir to finish. Both Raphael and Wilson can do so much better and Silverstone is wasted in a throwaway role.

kevin sommerfield
kevin sommerfield

A movie has to be really bad for me to give it anything below 3-stars, but this one wins the award for one of the worst movies made in 2013! Do not waste your time or money or even your dignity in seeing this film, it is TERRIBLE!

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

This despicably unfunny comedy was written by its two stars -- June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson -- who are longtime best friends in real life and who also play them in Ass Backwards. Kate (Raphael - Bride Wars) and Chloe (Casey Wilson - 'Happy Endings') live in a delusional reality of their own making as they are living it up in the big city believing themselves to have made it as highly successful adults. Kate is the CEO of her own company ... a one woman (her) egg donor service and Chloe is a "dancer" at a nightclub in which she is paid to dance in a box. Perhaps these two women are supposed to be admired because of their adversity ... but they are so delusional they are more tragic than anything else. When the girls get a letter in the mail reminding them of their childhood dream of being a beauty queen in a hometown pageant, the girls race cross-country to enter it anew as adults in hopes of showing the town what it had been missing with Kate and Chloe away in the big city. Their one-time rival Laurel (Alicia Silverstone - Clueless) wishes them a snarky good luck and the two are convinced they are winners ... not really realizing only one person can win (and it definitely will NOT be either of them ... duh). The characters the girls meet on the road are supposed to be funny ... but they are actually even more tragic. Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black) plays one of their fathers ... and the scene is heartbreaking instead of hilarious as they are all sad individuals who simply have NO idea. It is an uncomfortable comedy ... and an unpleasant one as well. They want us to laugh at pathetic, sad and depressing situations which truly aren't funny ... which means they have named their movie perfectly. Kate and Chloe have got nothin' on Romy and Michelle.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

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