Assholes: A Theory


Assholes: A Theory

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With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory - an entertaining and oh so timely feature doc from acclaimed director John Walker. Inspired by Aaron James' New York Times bestseller of the same name, Assholes investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary 'asshole culture' - and locates signs of civility in an otherwise rude-n-nasty universe. Venturing into predominantly male domain, Walker moves from Ivy League frat clubs to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance. Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal? And how do they keep getting elected! Lively commentary is provided by the likes of actor John Cleese, former RCMP officer Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, and Italian LGBTQ activist Vladimir Luxuria who famously locked horns with Silvio Berlusconi, the p****y-grabbing prototype of the 21st century demagogue.


Critic Reviews for Assholes: A Theory

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6)

  • There's much humour but also a few swift kicks to the derriere delivered in the doc, including to supposedly mild-mannered Canadians.

    Nov 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For a documentary that barely cracks the 80-minute length, Assholes: A Theory covers a lot of ground and even dares to provide a solution: don't enable assholery. Denounce it, don't celebrate it. Seems like sound advice.

    Jan 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The inspiration for him to make this film was reading the book Aaron James' book of the same name. It caused him to want to explore why. Why that type of person seems to be everywhere you turn today?

    Jan 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's maybe not as funny as Walker wants it to be - a burbly jazz score tries very hard to force some lightness into the material - but it'll leave you thinking...

    Dec 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Walker spreads himself wide in this lightly sociological, somewhat silly doc, focusing on many locales where homo anus flourishes: Fraternities, social media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Wall Street.

    Nov 28, 2019 | Rating: B-minus | Full Review…
  • It's worth pointing out the restraint shown in the section about electing assholes to run your country.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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