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The problem with "Pawn Shop Chronicles" is not the fact that it is a clone of "Pulp Fiction." The problem is that it is a lousy clone.
A hillbilly grindhouse yawp of a movie that belches in your face and leaves a sour stink.
It gets pretty tiring watching decent actors indulge in such broad and unfunny caricatures.
Nearly two decades after its release, "Pulp Fiction" is still inspiring imitators.
A fine cast is wasted in this lurid, grindhouse-style effort that strains for both laughs and shocks.
These stories collectively amount to little more than a portrait of rural life as a redneck nightmare wherein people are very stupid or very evil.
The freewheeling script strains to be edgy while most of its jokes fall flat.
Pawn Shop Chronicles' stylistic flourishes, used so judiciously in The Cooler are heavy-handed here and, with the possible exception of when the picture squints into anamorphic, just not that clever.
A meandering and in some ways oddly memorable anthology of sweat-soaked lunacy, Pawn Shop Chronicles lurches to and fro, lacking a dynamic narrative throughline.
A dumb, boring and unfunny mess.
Pawn Shop Chronicles goes from curious to overkill in a hurry, cementing the director's reputation as a fire hose of a filmmaker, perhaps biologically incapable of subtlety.
By the time it winds to a conclusion, the film seems to have tired itself out, like a toddler who screeches nonsensically for hours, then falls asleep in a fetal ball in the corner.
Loved it, great stories, actors sold it all, will watch again!
The movie is a big mess all together. Director, Wayne Kramer is think was trying to pull off what Quentin Tarantino or Joe Carnahan have pulled off in the the past but just mixes dark humor, brutality, vulgarity in a unsuccessful and less compelling way possible. Now Paul Walkers segment was indeed entertaining and funny but after that the film has no vibe or energy and is a waste of a good cast and a directors talent.
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