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Review: Bad Milo

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When you think of producers the Duplass Brothers and director Jacob Vaughn, you probably think indie dramedies like Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Safety Not Guaranteed and Jeff Who Lives at Home but what if you combined the sensibilities of those movies with an 80’s creature feature like Basket Case?  That’s the basic premise of Bad Milo.

Ken Marino stars as Duncan, a mild mannered account who suffers from intestinal issues brought about by work and relationship stress.  After a visit to a doctor doesn’t help, Duncan visits a new age therapist, played by Peter Stormare, and the two discover that Duncan intestinal stress is brought about a demon who lives in Duncan’s ass.  Duncan names the demon Milo and tries to control and befriend him, while Milo attacks and kills everyone who angers and stresses out Duncan.  Gillian Jacobs plays Duncan’s wife, Sarah, Stephn Root plays Duncan’s hippie dad and Patrick Warburton is Duncan’s crooked asshole of a boss.  Mary Kay Place and Kumail Nanjani round out the cast as Duncan’s mom and her younger boyfriend.

With a premise of “a demon lives in a man’s ass”, Bad Milo is surprisingly low key most of the time.  When Milo is unleashed, it’s incredibly over the top and violent but most of the time it’s a mix between awkward family situations and therapy sessions and Office Space style work scenarios, where Patrick Warburton forces Duncan into performing increasing awful duties at work.  I was a little disappointed because I thought it was going to be a little more extreme and ridiculous and, while there were a few laugh out loud moments, it’s much more chuckles, although, as you might might expect from the premise, there’s lots of toilet humor as well.  It also kind of wants to have a dramatic side, as Duncan struggles with his fears of being a potential father since his own father abandoned him and tries to surpress his anger and stress, which just results in Milo coming out harder and angrier.  A lot of the humor also, surprisingly, doesn’t come from Marino or Jacobs, who are both hilarious in their roles on Children’s Hospital and Community respectively.  To put it terms of something like, Arrested Development, Marino is usually a Gobesque character but he is much more like a Michael and is the straight man to the supporting cast and Milo.  Jacobs doesn’t really have that much to do in the movie until she has to be rescued from Milo’s wrath in the climax.

One of the best parts of the movie is Milo himself, who is a fantastic throwback to classic practical creatures like the Gremlins, the Ghoulies, etc.  I would have liked to have seen him develop a little bit more of  a personality, there’s only one great scene where Duncan and Milo are at a motel where Milo’s personality gets to shine as they argue about what to watch on TV or what to eat.  Most of the movie he’s only either bizarrely cute or pissed and biting.

The venn diagram between cheesy 80’s horror fans and indie comedy fans seems like it would have a tiny overlap but if you fall into that group, you’ll probably enjoy both sides of Bad Milo.  It’s definitely not for everyone and you definitely have to be in a certain mindset to watch it.  If you’re a fan of the actors and like the low key style humor mixed with horrific violence, you might want to check out Bad Milo on VOD or DVD/Blu Ray when it comes out.

[rating=3]

 

New Release Round Up 12/14

A bunch of stuff is out this week including the entire run of one of our favorite shows.

Despicable Me

The A-Team

24 Season Eight

24 The Complete Series

The Other Guys

The Town

The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole

Nanny McPhee Returns

Cyrus

Married with Children The Comlete Series

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus/Mega Piranha Pack

True Grit (Blue Ray)

Battle at the Box Office 7/19

Surpassing expectations, Inception dominated the box office over the weekend.  The latest from Christopher Nolan made just over $62 million, the largest opening ever for Leonardo DiCaprio and the second highest original sci fi film opening behind Avatar.  Also surprisingly strong was last week’s winner, Despicable Me, which made another $32.8 million and taking it’s total for two weeks to over $118 million.  Well below expectations was The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which came in a mediocre third with $17.6 million making it the second Disney/Bruckheimer flop of the year.  Predators, meanwhile, collapsed from last week with an almost 72% drop off and only making another $7 million, good for eighth place.  Near the bottom of the top 10 indie comedies Cyrus and The Kids are All Right look ready to break into the list, both got expanded releases and were big earners for the number of theaters they had.

Battle at the Box Office 7/12

It seems like our national nightmare has ended sooner than expected as Twilight tumbled down to second and our hero is the critically acclaimed Despicable Me, which took the top spot with $56.4 million.  Eclipse dropped just over 50% to $31.7 million.  Predators had a solid third place opening with $24.7 million.  Despite Despicable Me taking some of it’s 3D screens, Toy Story 3 only dropped 30% from last week, taking fourth place with $21 million.  The Last Airbender had a fairly large drop off, falling to fifth with $16.6 million.   Other than that everything pretty much stayed the same although indie dramedy Cyrus continues to gain theaters and took the tenth spot again with $1.3 million in 200 theaters.

Battle at the Box Office 7/5

So no surprise to anyone that Twilight: Eclipse took over the top spot at the box office.  Probably due to the fact that was a fantastic Fourth of July, weather wise, Eclipse was nowhere near the level of New Moon, which made $142 million it’s first weekend.  Eclipse came in with $69 million for the weekend and $161 total, since it came out on Wednesday.  The “worst reviewed movie of the year”, The Last Airbender came in at a fairly strong second with just over $40 million.  It was the third best opening for M. Night Shymalan, behind The Sixth Sense and Signs.  Toy Story 3 dropped down to third but still pulled in another $30 million, taking it’s total gross to almost $300 million.  If you take last week’s top ten and move it down two spots that’s what you have for this week.  The only other big change was the tenth place spot getting taken by the indie comedy Cyrus, which is getting a rolling wide release and made $770,000 on 77 screens.  Can Predators or Despicable Me take down Eclipse this coming weekend?