Cheap Thrills

2014

Cheap Thrills

Critics Consensus

Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.

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Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills. (c) Drafthouse

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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (24)

  • Gird your stomach for Cheap Thrills, a bloody but enjoyably ironic horror which enters that queasy zone where Michael Haneke's Funny Games meets a reality-TV bush tucker trial.

    Sep 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a thought-provoking ride, particularly in a post-financial crisis world where a combination of desperation and temptation can make anyone consider doing the unthinkable.

    Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is smarter than the premise sounds, with writers David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga dispensing enough information to make victims both sympathetic and despicable, the instigators charismatic and sinister.

    Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A bluesy drinking session evolves into messy violence for kicks in this nifty debut feature from E L Katz.

    Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are satisfying echoes of Stephen King's sly black humour in this deliciously nasty comedy thriller.

    Jun 3, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • Screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga pose a simple question -- how much will a person degrade himself to make ends meet? -- but it's a potent one, at least for those of us who ponder it every Monday through Friday.

    Apr 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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