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Rather than crafting a movie that's so bad it's good, writer-director brothers Jason and Brandon Trost have come up with something that's just plain bad -- and boring, and repetitive.
"The FP" so desperately wants to be cultishly admired for its bad-taste rollout of wacko characters, ugly costumes and vulgar slang that it forgets to be genuinely offbeat or funny.
You need to find a room full of people who get the joke and see this movie there, because audiences will be laughing so hard they'll be screaming.
It falls all over itself to lampoon its midnight-movie forebears even as it borrows their contrivances.
"The FP" works best as an operatic parody of mixed genres with lunacy on the fringes.
Neither obliviously dreadful enough to be "so bad it's good,'' nor intentionally tongue-in-cheek enough to be funny.
The film only embraces the most superficial aspects of the genre. The heart, the soul and the melodrama are all missing.
Given its low budget, it's amazing "The FP" looks as good as it does. The lighting is superb, the sets highlight its post-apocalyptic atmosphere, and the score ridiculous. "The FP" has cult classic written all over it and it knows it.
I missed the train when The FP was first leaving the station, but I'm firmly on-board now...
The FP is a mostly serious, straight-faced spoof of misogynistic gangland B-movies and sports dramas, and rarely does it fail to deliver sparks of originality and sly comedy.
The FP works for its audience, a rowdy crowd of midnight movie fans willing to put up with over-the-top silliness, bad performances, and general lunacy.
There is some serious talent in front of and behind the camera and with a better script they might be able to create something funny and unique.
In the future rival gangs fight for control of a lawless suburban town, gaining power and street cred by winning dance video game duels. You have to give THE FP credit for playing the goofy idea straight, but unfortunately the overall message seems to be that the wannabe gangsters of the apocalypse will be just as annoying as today's youth are.
Shit's tough in the FP.
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