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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Brother's Justice

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Dax Shepard attempts to move his career out of comedy and into martial arts films, in this meta-mockumentary.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Dax Shepard, Nate Tuck, Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Ryan Hansen, Greg Siegel, James Feldman, Andrew Panay, Jessica Simpson, Carson Daly

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. The tone is tongue in cheek, pretending to be real when it's so obviously fake. And that's a tone that a lot of people can appreciate... Even though, at this point, we've seen a lot of fake movies about movies trying to get made.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: I'll tell you one thing, on more than one occasion, you can see the actors trying not to crack up, which is especially funny because they want so badly for you to believe this is all real.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but I have to warn you, this movie hits high levels of homophobia, and medium levels of racism.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It won the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival, and I can see why. This is the kind of humor that's best experienced with a hip, alternative festival audience.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Dax presents himself as a real jerk, which I'm not sure is a great career-move. But then again, since the whole movie is a joke, maybe it's brilliant?

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Aside from a few purposely-campy film trailers, scattered throughout the film, the movie is meant to look like a bad hand-held documentary, so there's nothing too showy, except the musical choices. I'm especially partial to a terrible auto-tune number, which uses some of the main characters' dialogue to create a bad techno-remix that instantly gets stuck in your head.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: It walks a very fine line between wanting to be real and fake. And, if you believe that it's real, you now know that all actors know each other, all actors are jealous of each other, and they deal with their jealousy by beating each other up. But I guess if you've ever read a tabloid, you already knew that.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: Having just been picked up for distribution at the Tribeca Film Festival, this movie is currently released on VOD. But it's coming out in theaters on May 12th in New York and L.A. Having experimented with this release tactic tonight, I have to say, it doesn't make much sense to pay $11 to see it somewhere across town in two weeks, when I can see it right now for $6, without ever having to leave my living room. That said, I can see how this film would be better enjoyed with an audience... I'm starting to see why theater owners are pissed off about this new distribution model.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: Brother's Justice Trailer

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