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Comedy - Adult

Ass Backwards (2013)

Duration1h 25m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: Unrated, Sweden: 11
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorChris Nelson
Writers/ScriptJune Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson
StarringJune Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Jon Cryer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Bob Odenkirk
RatingsIMDb: 4.2 by 2147 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 27% by 22 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Kate and Chloe are best friends living on the edge of financial disaster in New York. They are prompted to revisit the site of one of their nightmares as children when they were last in a beauty pageant in Neptune, due to getting an eviction notice on their apartment and meeting a winner of the pageant, Laurel, who has become a successful author. Hence off they go on a disastrous road trip in their crappy van, which features amongst other things, finding a rabbit which they call Andrew, appearing on amateur night in a strip club, spending a night in jail where they meet a reality TV star and join him in his squat, being taken to a lesbian commune and finally the pageant itself.

Content: There is no sex, and how you view ladies urinating on the roadside, exposing their bums, would be up to you. At the strip club it is implied that they pull their pants down, resulting in them being put in jail  for indecent exposure. There is some weird stuff at the lesbian commune, Easy Rider sort of comes to mind at this point. There are flashbacks to their original disaster in Neptune and then the final disaster in the present.

A View: I have followed the policy of watching anything, usually without consulting any guidance (such as this blog), and I was attracted by the presence of Bob Odenkirk, being a fan of Better Call Saul, but with Ass Backwards I achieved a new low. It was awful. I am one of the many people who have found it insufferable. What were they thinking? Probably that they were really funny improv ladies and therefore they could swing this gig and make it fun.  You would think that they would be old enough, both in the movie and in real life to know better. It is a DON’T SEE.

Additional Info: When a financial backer pulled out they resorted to Kickstarter funding to keep going – stunningly succeeding. 

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