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Fast, Cheap & Out of Control1997

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)




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In this film, four eccentrics talk about their seemingly diverse lives, interests, and offbeat occupations: Lion tamer Dave Hoover offers theories about wild animal thought processes; topiary gardener George Mendo clips hedges to various creatures; mole-rat specialist Ray Mendez researches the animals' behavior; robotics scientist Rodney Brooks assembles autonomous robots.

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Dave Hoover
as Wild Animal Trainer
George Mendonça
as Topiary Gardener
Ray Mendez
as Mole-Rat Specialist
Rodney Brooks
as Robot Scientist

Critic Reviews for Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

'Fast, Cheap' is about nothing less than our grand experiment - the struggle not only to be human, but to create order in a world bereft of it.

October 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Unusual documentary pointless but engrossing.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control convinced me that a documentary can be a poem.

September 19, 2007 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

A typically quirky and intriguing offering from Morris.

June 23, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Morris's juggling act as ringmaster somehow lucidly connects everything and comes up with an entertaining, dazzling and profound film.

January 26, 2004 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Offbeat and often intriguing

March 29, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Fast, Cheap & Out of Control


A documentary profiling four unlikely subjects: a lion tamer, a topiary master, a naked mole-rat expert, and a robot designer. Each of these craftsmen is somewhat interesting on their own, but what makes the documentary work is the way unexpected connections start to arise between a quartet with very different obsessions.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

A intriguing and entertaining documentary film about four men and their passions - lion taming, robotics, topiary and mole rats. Thefilm lets the men speak for themselves - there's no "directors narrative" telling you what to think - and the visuals and the voiceovers of the four subject areas interlink at times... .so you might be watching a lion tamer but listening to a hedge cutter (and damned if you can tell the difference between the four sometimes). I THINK the film is all about the interconnectedness between, well, everything - animal, vegetable and mineral - but I 'm not really sure. Watching this film was like struggling to grasp a nugget of wisdom that's being held tantalisingly just out of reach.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

This is more of a documentary then it is a movie but it was an entry in the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival Special Presentations. What we have here is a montage of four different people, and the stories go on within each other continuously. The four people are a topiary gardener who has a hedge in the shape of a giraffe and is as big as one, a robot engineer who has some pretty neat robots for 1997, a naked mole-rat expert and these are some ugly critters and I wish I could find someone to send me to Africa to study a rat, but I rather go to Italy) and a lion tamer who knew Clyde Beatty so he says and he's been attacked so many times but not a scare on him. All in all it made for a pretty boring movie for me anyway, but you just might find an interest in the Naked Mole Rat, My only interest is he don't end up in my Home. 2 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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