Fast, Cheap & Out of Control


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.

Oct 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Unusual documentary pointless but engrossing.

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

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

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

A typically quirky and intriguing offering from Morris.

Jun 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.

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

Offbeat and often intriguing

Mar 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


I love documentaries like this: pick a few very interesting accomplished people and mix their stories together thematically and visually. This is an interesting glimpse into the lives of four very focused individuals: a robot technician, a lion tamer, a topiary gardener, and a mole-rat expert. The parallels lie in their dedication to their professions, what they are trying to accomplish or demonstrate with their career, how these men have all found themselves in these oddly specific fields for the same central lifelong desire of "what's the world all about?", and how their careers mirror many other interesting philosophical and scientific concepts, such as evolution, our status as "dominant species", passion in life, and the human legacy to the world. You will not regret having seen this superior interview-based documentary.

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_kelly .King

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