The Brass Teapot

2013

The Brass Teapot

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The Brass Teapot is a modern fable about money and the meaning of the American dream. Based on the comic book, The Brass Teapot is a feature film about John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), who live in small down America. They are in their 20's, married, very much in love and broke. Once voted "Most Likely to Succeed," Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn't long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes. The Brass Teapot is a magical comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. (c) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for The Brass Teapot

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  • A comic fable that squanders its twisted-fairy-tale concept.

    Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Without a human dimension to ground its construct, "The Brass Teapot" ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Mosley, who directed from a screenplay by Tim Macy, struggles to fill her debut feature with a slender notion, but the premise defeats her, even if the story operates at the outset on the pleasure principle.

    Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...

    Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    Stephanie Zacharek

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  • There's not much depth to Mosley's debut, which is based on a short story by Tim Macy. But Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are an appealing pair as John and Alice, struggling suburbanites.

    Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Brass Teapot

  • Sep 04, 2016
    Based on a comic book series, The Brass Teapot is a quirky modern fairy tale. When a financially desperate young married couple comes across a magical brass teapot that rewards the owner with riches in exchange for the infliction of pain, they find themselves crossing lines that they never though they would in order to keep the money following. Juno Temple and Michael Angarano deliver pretty good performances and have a nice chemistry together. However, the supporting characters aren't developed very well and neither is the plot. There are also some tonal issues, as the sex and violence brings some darkness to the film, but not enough to be a black comedy. Still, a lot of the humor works and overall the morality tale is effectively told. The Brass Teapot, while it has its problems, is an entertaining film with a unique take on the corrupting influence of money.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2015
    Quite an original and interesting idea for a movie. Enjoyed this. The two leads are well cast and likable, and they would want to be as it is borderline disturbing in places watching them beat the crap out of each other. Really sounds crappy on paper - magical tea pot dispenses money for pain, but somehow it does work.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    In "The Brass Teapot," Alice(Juno Temple), unemployed, and John(Michael Angarano), trapped in telemarketing hell, are deeply in love but have trouble keeping up with the rent. To make matters worse, they get into a car accident. Alice at least takes the opportunity of the confusion to steal a teapot from a convenient antiques store. When Alice injures herself at home, the teapot rewards her with some deeply needed cash. To be fair, there is a deep, dark and unsettling movie waiting underneath the surface of "The Brass Teapot," just waiting to get out. What we get instead is some weak and uninspired slapstick which clashes with the depiction of economic realities. Plus, the corruption angle does not work as well as it should, as it is never established early on that Alice and John are particularly good people, just poor.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2014
    Fractured fairy tale about a struggling young couple who chance upon a magical brass teapot that fills itself with money whenever one of them suffers pain. They further discover that the teapot pays out for emotional pain, and later for the pain of others. Meanwhile, a Chinese man appears on their doorstep claiming to be a sworn emissary intending to rid the world of this destructive device, warning how it has ruined the lives of every previous owner. Despite the weighty implications, the movie never gets overly serious, the right balance is struck between drama and comedy while a few shrewd twists keep the premise from going stale. Enjoyable if slight with engaging performances from leads Michael Angarano and Juno Temple, who occupies a very authentic American accent.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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