The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009)
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Critic Reviews for The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
In the cookie-cutter world of movies, it's a pleasure to come across a story you've never encountered before. Or ever will again. A film for which there can be no sequel.
Russo deserves some respect for trying to spin a whole movie out of an idea as strange, inspired and possibly repulsive as the one that fuels his feature debut.
The rough-edged film gets major points for originality. But its ending utterly flames out, as if the filmmakers suddenly found they had nowhere to land, so hit the self-destruct button.
Looking as if it were devised on acid and executed on mushrooms, this imaginative debut feature from the Seattle artist and filmmaker David Russo finds meaning in cleaning and life in dead ends.
Audience Reviews for The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
This is a weirdly wonderful film. Its funny, trippy, thought provoking, and re-watchable. This is now my favorite movie. The story centers on a group of janitors who become participants in an ongoing research study for a food company. Dory, a main character, is obsessed with religions and is going through a spiritual crisis. O.C., another main character, is an "artist" and a pretty good guy who is filled with hate for the world. Dory and O.C. become unlikely friends. SPOILER Long story short the men end up giving birth to fish like creatures, someone falls in love (maybe), and someone matures.
I have to give credit to David Russo for writing, and directing, a film that is unlike any other out there. It's a strange surrealistic comedy about a group of male janitors who, after eating a batch of incredibly cookies thrown away by the company whose building the clean, start to experience strange hallucinations and, even, pregnancy. The movie's certainly very hard to explain as it is one of those types of movies where you have to see it to get it. And I'm not even sure I did get to be completely honest with you. But what this movie brings is an energetic and imaginative approach to its story. David Russo isn't exactly a master storyteller but it's clear he had something to tell, and I do believe there is an underlying message to all this madness, and I do think that he genuinely wanted to focus on the characters as the driving force of the film and not necessarily its strangeness, even if the strangeness is what, slightly, wins out in the end. So the narrative is certainly full of flaws, but I think its inventiveness, and solid cast and writing, help make this film more than it would've been otherwise. The fact of the matter is that, as goofy as this sounds, its imperfections are part of the charm. I do think that the ending of the film was poor, almost as if they had no other way to end it and chose to go for the quickest and painless way to get out of everything. It's always been really hard for me to review these unique indie films because it's really the type of thing where you have to see it to truly "get" it. I realize that may sound as a cop-out for not writing a better review. But once you see this film, you'll understand what I mean. But yes, I think the movie gets a lot of points for at least going out of its way to do something unique and different, even if its imperfections are glaringly obvious. I still really enjoyed this film. It wouldn't appeal to a mainstream audience, at all, but it is an entertaining little film that is, surprisingly, character-driven. Flawed, but entertainingly ambitious.
An idealistic but confused young man who goes through a religion a week is fired from his position as a computer programmer and takes up with a janitorial service led by a transvestite Gulf War vet; when the gang start eating addictive cookies thrown in the garbage by a research firm, they discover that the side effects are hallucinations and male pregnancy. Endlessly inventive, it gets a pleasant hip vibe going that's sort of a cross between REPO MAN and SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD; it's only held back from cult-movie immortality by an incredibly frustrating non-ending.
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