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This film checks a lot of boxes for a typical 80s low budget Fantasy/Adventure/Action/Sci-Fi film. It has a "will they or won't they" romance with the lead characters, the heroine was kidnapped at least once, an archer sidekick that's also an effeminate monotone elf, a comic relief dwarf played by Peter O'Farrell, a slow-witted giant that's just a tall actor, a villain that wants to rule the world/universe and a budget that's one tenth of what the script calls for. The only reason to watch this movie would be to make fun it and from that standpoint, it's a success.
Based on watching previous police dramas you can lull yourself into thinking you know where this movie is going, from scenes, to characters, to what seems like an obvious plot twist at the end, but you'd be wrong. This movie will set things up and then either forget about them or move on from them with or without you. The story and plot are almost playing out in the background and you're left focusing on this cop who's lost his way and instead of learning, changing or paying a price for his criminal actions, he just simply comes to grips with who he is and accepts it. Conventional in certain ways and arthouse in others. This is definitely a love it or hate it film.
I heard this was an interesting short that was on adult swim that I should watch. I'm glad it wasn't spoiled for me. It's aided a lot by not knowing what's coming. A must watch if it wasn't spoiled for you and a highly recommend if it was.
This comes off like a student film, elevated by great talent in-front of and behind the camera. If you follow the emotional through line it will be a very satisfying experience, however if you use any real thought or logic, it's pretty stupid and pretentious. From Joaquin Phoenix's character falling in love with is operating system to him turning down a drunk and horny Olivia Wilde. It's really farfetched, but it's all played straight and earnestly and if you can keep your willing suspension of disbelief it's a great film.
In this crass in-your-face sex comedy, the thing that really makes it stand out to me [aside from the humor of course], is the subtext to everything we're watching. The problem with most movies like this is they have a-hole lead characters and they drift from gag to gag until a slapped on ending with fake sincerity in which the jerks we've been watching the entire film turn out to be great guys all along. However, with Superbad, I'm rooting for all of these characters from beginning to the end when we see schlubby Jonah Hill somehow land Emma Stone, I'm rolling with it. Probably my favorite apple off of the Judd Apatow tree of comedy.