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Stark Raving Mad (2002)

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The writing/directing team of Drew Daywalt and David Schneider are responsible for the straight-to-video heist comedy Stark Raving Mad. Seann William Scott plays Ben McGewen, a guy who needs to pay off some major debts. Mostly he needs to pay the crime lord Gregory (Lou Diamond Phillips), the gangster who killed his brother. Ben gets the idea to throw a big rave in a club next to a bank vault. According to plan, the loud music and party atmosphere will disguise the fact that he and his gang (Timm Sharp, Patrick Breen, John B. Crye, and Suzy Nakamura) are breaking through the wall. Once inside the vault, they will steal a valuable statue and Ben will revenge his brother's death. This being a heist comedy, however, things don't go exactly according to plan. Dave Foley and Kavan Smith play a couple of pesky FBI agents. Alan Arkin plays cranky club owner Don Partridge.
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R
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Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Seann William Scott
as Ben McGewen
Timm Sharp
as Rikki Simms
Patrick Breen
as Jeffrey Jay
Suzy Nakamura
as Betty Shin
John B. Crye
as Jake Nealson
Kavan Smith
as Michael Frakes
Monet Mazur
as Vanessa
Terry Chen
as Jin Sun
Ty Olsson
as Nate
Carl McDonald
as Mitchell
Adam Arkin
as Don Partridge
Lina Teal
as Stacie
Christine Chatelain
as Tonya, friend
Ryan Robbins
as seedy guy
Michael Eklund
as sickly thin guy
Damonde Tschritter
as Trevor, snake guy
John Beuhler
as Hamish, raverboy 1
Fred Ewanuick
as Beck, raverboy 1
Robert Astles
as trannie 2
Phillip Beer
as trannie 3, samurai
Stefanie Ford
as Jake's girl
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All Critics (5)

...who thought it was a good idea to set the entire movie inside a dance club?...

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

Stark Raving Mad is a great comedy and one of the better recent heist flicks; more importantly, it's one of the best direct-to-video movies I've seen lately.

Full Review… | January 21, 2004
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Spoiler filled review Bank Robbers come in many different shapes and sizes. Attitudes, Personalities and even Seann William Scott styles. Keep this in mind. The beginning scene had me into this movie from the get go. I mean, anyone that flips off a wild-eyed lion to his face has the respect of me to give them my attention for at least 30 minutes. This movie is what would happen to Ferris Bueller if he had gone down the wrong path and became a bank Robber. There are any similarities between the two movies. Obviously Ben (Seann William Scott) would be playing Ferris. The man with all the answers. Constantly talking to the audience in a fashion that made me want to smack the remote out of his hand and yell out â??Stop pausing the movie! And stop talkingâ??!!â??. Playing the part of Cameron is no other than the lousy sidekick Ricky (Timm Sharp). Loser-ville is where he resides but in great fashion comes through one time in an awesome speech that reveals a â??Title Drop!â?? Who was Ferrisâ??s arch nemesis? Principal Rooney. Played by the part by Gregory (Lou Diamond Phillips). Always into Benâ??s business and never trusting what he is saying. Yeah, itâ??s a stretch but hey Iâ??m trying to make a connection here! Wait, go back to Gregory. Oh, Lou Diamond Phillips why did you agree to this part? I thought he looked ridiculous and I never bought the fact he was a bad guy. Was he supposed to be asian? It just came off crummy. I think it was the white wig of intimidation. With any bank robber movie you gotta have good crew. Kinda like The Movie Crew â?¢ but with less drugs, Epilepsy, and Asian-ness. The introduction to these characters drove me crazy. Again with the Remote Ben! Give it! I thought they all fit together pretty chaotically well. I was trying to figure out what the nerdy Jeffrey (Patrick Breen) had to bring to the table and I was rightâ?¦ Not much. I swear this guy could play the part of the Taxi-Robot from the original Total Recall movie. â??Next Stop, Straight to DVD!â??. Jake reminded of someone who would show up In a Kevin Smith movie. I donâ??t know if it was the acting or the weed but that was my impression. Betty was a Margaret Cho character that didnâ??t have the â??funnyâ?? of you guessed it, Margaret Cho. Put them together with a dash of Chinese Delivery Guy and you got a pretty decent group. Even though real life would have eaten their lunch, weâ??re talking movies here. Most of everything I took with a grain of salt. Everything except for 2 FBI agents taking down 2 crime gangs that were having a stand down. It just didnâ??t seem believable. Maybe because the old â??Kids In The Hallâ?? star Dave Foley was acting like an FBI agent? Or maybe it was just me. I didnâ??t buy it. The movie ends with a style that heavily reminded me of â??Risky Businessâ?? for some reason. I think it was the whole Narration over the stylized music and the relieving feeling of â??everythingâ??s gonna be all rightâ??. But mostly it had to be the music. Speaking of the soundtrackâ?¦ Iâ??m not a fan of club music but in this movie the music played a part in the storyline making the music play an important role. When the movie is finished it all comes down to whether I liked it or not. There wasnâ??t anything special about this movie. I never laughed out loud but I did chuckle to myself a couple of times. There were some funny moments but they were subtle and I really donâ??t know if it was on purpose. It had Nothing great, and nothing horrible. Although It had an ending Iâ??m fine with, I couldnâ??t help but feel that it was thrown together or rushed to a finish. It wouldnâ??t be a bad thing to watch this if it was given to youâ?¦ or watched it streaming on Netflix like I did. Comic Book Movie Bonus: Patrick Breen: Men In Black. Not much of a bonus but hey you get what you get! Nudity Bonus: Natassia Malthe - Stacie (17:00)(A)

John Dixon
John Dixon

Profanity was a little over used. But other than that, great movie. Lots of twists and turns, and a great ending.

David Gonzalez
David Gonzalez

Just insane...crazy and insane in so many ways that the heist seemed to be the best part of the whole movie! Not worth my time reviewing like it wasn't worth my time watching...period. Oh...the stars? One for Lou Diamond Phillips...and one for Seann William Scott...both kept me fairly interested throughout the whole flick!

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