'ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD' NETFLIX REVIEW: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

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Netflix’s All My Friends Are Dead is a Polish horror-comedy about young idiots who vì chưng stupid things that spiral out of control over the course of one fateful New Year’s Eve. It’s stylish, but style alone doesn’t make a movie worth watching; it’s audacious, but audacity alone doesn’t make a movie; it’s raunchy, but raunch alone doesn’t make a movie; it’s gory, but gore alone doesn’t — you know. If all these elements come together, then hooray, but if they don’t, well, no time for love, Dr. Jones.

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

The Gist: Jan. 1. A doofus rookie detective awaits outside a crime scene. He ebulliently snaps on his rubber gloves and shows his badge khổng lồ the grizzled vet who’s going khổng lồ show him around. His smile won’t last, because his mouth will cease turning up its corners and xuất hiện wide so vomit can exit. It’s an ugly scene. A woman muttering crazythings is carted out on a stretcher, và she’s the lucky one. The place is just littered with bodies — one hangs from a noose of Christmas lights, others have bullets smack between the eyes. Blood: everywhere. The elder detective has seen it all before. He spots a dead woman with a nice necklace và he removes it. His wife will like it, he says.

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FLASHBACK: the day before. All those dead bodies we saw? They’re alive now, which is what can happen in movies that forego linear storytelling. We meet some of the attendees: A xinh đẹp couple; he’s smitten, but she’s upset by his inability to ding-dong her sexual desires if you know what I mean. Another dễ thương couple; he’s fixated on being a wannabe rapper, và she therefore feels underappreciated, but she keeps spouting annoying astrological woo-woo. A third xinh tươi couple; she’s almost two decades his elder, & he’s jealous because she doesn’t want to lớn commit. A fourth xinh đẹp couple: two manchild-dorks who keep trying to score with the ladeez but fail miserably. A fifth dễ thương couple: two shall we say sexually aggressive women in cleavage & spike heels who act like they chia sẻ a single brain cell. And then one guy who walks around like the sự kiện photographer and another guy who’s hosting the tiệc nhỏ and a French Mormon guy và a fourth guy who arrives to deliver pizzas & waits around for far too long while the second guy in this sentence fetches the cash khổng lồ pay him. Oh, & Jesus also shows up a few times, which, as the son of God, is totally his prerogative.

Then there’s the gun, a 9mm with gold highlights. Well, first there was the key that unlocked the case that held the gun that fired the bullet that killed a man và turned a night of innocent lusty sexy lust (with drugs) into one of bloody deadly blood (with sex and drugs). How this happens is ludicrous, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this movie, which slow-builds lớn ludicrous speed & climaxes with Motley Crue-soundtracked lunatic kích hoạt — and you know the cardinal rule of movies, once you hear Motley Crue, that means things just got real, real f—ed up.

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What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: Let’s see, the opening credits are in Pulp Fiction font, and the comedy tries to lớn ape the dark Pulp Fiction tone. Cross that with an American Pie-type premise in which all the young characters are horny and stupid but mostly horny.

Performance Worth Watching: As the older woman with a taste for younger fellas, Monika Krzymkowska does a decent riff on Stifler’s Mom.

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Memorable Dialogue: “Kizzstart m’ hear’ an’ I gubba starn, woah, yeah, baybay!” — Vince Neil

Sex và Skin: One male thrusting butt, three different sets of exposed female breasts, various variations of simulated or pantomimed nookie.

Our Take: All My Friends Are Dead is garish and pointless, an unfunny drag, two slogs, a trudge & an eternity-and-a-half leading lớn a stoopid and loud climactic eruption of blood, flames, bodily fluids and American hair metal. The film features “amusing” orificial violations, a dim homage to lớn The Shining, annoying characters whose kích hoạt sometimes generally approximate that of recognizable human behavior and a sequence in which Jesus preaches peace over images of two men smashing their handbones into each other’s facebones. I describe these elements with as much objectivity as I can muster so you can determine whether the movie successfully hangs or markets itself.

Perhaps — perhaps, I say — the film is an anti-firearm missive showing how all it takes is one gun for an entire HOUSE full of young people to thua kém their minds and end up dead as a freezerful of steak. Maybe it’s satire or exploitation, but it isn’t clever or audacious enough to be either. It sure thinks it’s funny though, especially the Jesus stuff, e.g., when he tilts his head lớn get a good angle on some good, rowdy sexual intercourse. I wasn’t offended; I’m a fan hâm mộ of some good blasphemy. But that’s just some off-the-rack basic-ass blasphemy, and feel không tính tiền to apply those qualifiers to most every other component of this movie.

Our Call: SKIP IT. I was not a fan of All My Friends Are Dead, which is tryhard wannabe stuff that fails lớn generate any decent laughs or shocks.

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