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Plot: When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find the distractions of lust, the death of his beloved brother and a crew of misfit characters, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Runtime: 97 mins Release Date: 11 Sep 2012
A Dark Comedy which is Perfectly Cast (by introclusor)
This film is amazing. Don't let the fact that it is coming straight to DVD in many places put you off. Each actor was perfectly cast in my opinion ... even Johnny Knoxville who I have never rated, or really thought of as an actor, was brilliant.Its a Dark Comedy that slowly unravels whilst keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time before ending perfectly.I did almost give this film 9 out of 10 but when I thought about it, I couldn't think of a single thing that would lose this film any marks.
Smart, Quirky, a recipe for all appetites! (by ncbronte-120-891032)
I read the novel this film was based upon, back when it was a gift from the author, a family friend. I found myself mentally casting actors to play the amazingly quirky but identifiable characters. A great amount of time passed before "Small Apartments" found its way into the hands of a director who "got it".I have to say that it is difficult, for me, not to compare this work to that of Tarantino, if only for the raw emotional concept, quirky behaviors and "street view" filming process. However, the combination of Millis who wrote both the novel and the <more>
screenplay and Akerlund the director bring the dark side of everyday humanity into perfect view without glorifying the gore and violence so many filmmakers succumb to. The violence is acceptable, even necessary, as are the few sexual scenes that lend credence to the story and personalities that make up this labor of love. Tarantino's got absolutely nothing on these guys!The cast is, well... correct! I can't imagine anyone other than the "heavyweights" who breathe life into characters like Franklin Franklin Matt Lucas , Burt Walnut Billy Crystal and Tommy Balls Johnny Knoxville but it doesn't stop there. You've got the talent of James Caan, Amanda Plummer, Juno Temple, Dolph Lundgren and veritable unknown, Scott Sheldon, who makes his few moments as Officer Smith a lasting impression. The casting list is mighty and recognizable, but these folks were drawn to the characters created by Millis and the vision of Akerlund, rather than a paycheck. There is a story, one that compels us to realize how little we understand one another in this all too short existence on the planet and lays bare our preconceptions and misconceptions of who we see and how we react and assign personal judgement. You don't need to be a "deep thinker" to get this film and that's the beauty of it.The old saying that "money can't buy happiness" is true and untrue... both are addressed in Small Apartments, however, it brings home the very real point that true happiness lives in our mind, however small or large!I was both eager and apprehensive about finally watching this film, especially knowing the author, screenplay writer and executive producer Chris Millis on a personal level... I'm so glad I gave in to eager! Bravo! This is a must see!
I rented this movie from a Redbox, for something amusing to watch on a night off from work. Instead, I found it to be a psychological cross section of character studies of people I don't get to see much in films, or life, for that matter. It's not a film for everyone. The characters are people who would be considered the lowlifes by most folks in our society. These characters are those that are the broken, the cast offs, the castaways, the hopeless. But these people have their own dreams and dignities, that we may scoff at, but are what keep them going.Matt Lucas brings a kind of <more>
innocent goofiness to his character, Franklin Franklin. His brother was taking care of him up until a year before. When you take Franklin's behavior, and then other certain scenes together, you may conclude that he has a mental illness of some kind. That said, it changed my empathy for his character very much.Why Franklin finds himself in the dilemma of disposing of his landlord's dead body comes as a surprise, and as he goes about it, the viewer comes to know Franklin better.There is some wonderful star power in this movie, and they shine subtly, but brilliantly. The music is spot on for the scenes and the direction and editing are perfection. In the end, there are some repetitions that are silly and some patterns that are interesting. And the twist at the end is great. It's a long way to Switzerland!
I don't use the word "film" often. I use it when something has moved into the art category and out of the commercial movie world. Now, with that out of the way, I originally thought to rate this movie a 7. "So why the bump to 9?" I hear you ask yourself... The reason is quite simple. Small Apartments has stayed with me since watching it. The film is unnerving and will make most squirm while they watch it. However, like a bad relationship, you'll remember the experience long after you finished with it. The best part is that Small Apartments is FUNNY. You don't <more>
need to be looking for a deeper meaning while watching it... it delivers that intravenously while you're laughing. Only later will you realize it's found its way into your system.I would recommend this for anyone 18 or older that's looking for an entertaining work of art.
Quite possibly the best movie you never heard of (by csumm)
This is one of my most favorite movies.A quirky story, one to be enjoyed through multiple viewings. The surprises are in the cast and their contributions to this.While Matt Lucas is wonderful as the white-underpants clad protagonist, it is the others around him that really shine.Some delightful cameos from many famous and deserving actors, but special mention must go to James Caan as Mr Allspice, Billy Crystal in a great role where he performs understatedly, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Stormare and most especially Johnny Knoxville for his superlative performance as Tommy Balls. Before this, I never <more>
knew he could act so well.This is gentle and subversive humor at it's best. And Weirdest.I highly recommend this movie
Totally engaging, super black comedy. (by david-3165)
What a fresh exciting and entertaining movie to have stumbled upon. I was stuck in a hotel room and having never heard of it, my interest was piqued once I saw James Marsden starring. Funnily enough he had starred in similar surprise movie, "Interstate 60", also well worth a watch. I can't grasp why the IMDb score is only 6.1. The story is an engaging, super black comedy. Acting is great, Matt Lucas is superb as Franklin Franklin, a slightly mentally challenged loner who longs for his much cooler brother's affection. Most of the humor stems from Franklin Franklins apparent <more>
lack of awareness of how the world works; probably having been previously sheltered from his now incarcerated brother Marsden . The movie unflinchingly moves from sadness to hilarity and back in matters of minutes. I managed to catch this movie prior to seeing the trailer, which was a good idea. Having since seen the trailer, I think it is a real spoiler to where the film is going to take you. Much better to go into this one with out a clue about what will happen next. This gets an overwhelming yes from me and my partner.
Yes, it's is a quirky little flick. And yes, it may unnerve or perhaps irritate some viewers. But there is no doubt it carves it's own path, and a fairly unique one - which isn't easy to do nowadays.I'll start by saying that it's a very funny movie at times - in an awkward sort of way. And I enjoyed it just on that level. But after it was over it I realized it had a much more impressive affect on me.It probably won't be obvious until the end that there was a lot of care put into the direction and dialogue of this movie. Characters who on the surface seem broken and <more>
wayward end up being not much different from you and me. Their delivery is different but their longings are the same. And the director did an ace job of making that point. It's done subtly and he timed the peeks into each character's nature perfectly. It really is a very skillful little movie.If you come across it, check it out, and don't abandon it after five minutes because it seems too odd. It's well worth the run and I'm pleased I saw it, almost thankful actually.
bizarrely heartwarming, & life's message/answer at the end -sit through it - (by thepotatoHasEyes)
I cant believe no one has reviewed this film- so hard to "label" this one. I can tell you it is a bit "left field" and goes along with "life is stranger than fiction", it is not action packed, it is steady , plodding ,testing your loyalty, weighing you. trying to see if you are worthy of the message this movie delivers,-Literally - the filmmakers have given you life's meaning, spelled out word for word, in a crappy little semi-comedy, on the surface that's what this film is ... but, I'll bet you a dollar, this film makes you cry.The main character <more>
spends the whole film in his underwear, and Johnny Knoxville does a great job of breaking his typecast in this, I cant say this movie is like ..it's not like anything i can think of...maybe kinda has the same feel and pace as "spun", it is not like anything i have seen, it is a twisted tale of human interaction, told from an unwitting standpoint... and if you are like me , you will be sucker punched with the second half of this movie, you WILL be moved , and if you don't cry, I owe you a dollar-- I think this movie changed me--
I saw it in redbox and who was in it - It took a few runs to redbox before I rented. In the first 15+ minutes I think we just sat there with our mouths open unsure what to think. It was not enough to punch the eject but - Wow that character is weird is all I will say.By movie's end I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised, a very good movie that held my interest all the way through. This is not a bad rent - give it a shot and wait for it to develop. It will not disappoint.