Booley (2010) – By Brian Morton

Mixing genres can be a difficult thing, just watch any ‘horror/comedy’ and you’ll see what I mean, it’s a fine line that most just can’t ride well enough. So, when Booley, a ‘comedy/thriller’ crossed my desk, I was a bit skeptical.

Booley is the tale of Angus Booley (Tom Detrik), a guy who’s been pushed around his whole life, he’s a perpetual loser. His wife is cheating on him, his daughter doesn’t respect him and his boss thinks he’s a joke. So, when Booley is laid off from his job, he decided to take control of his life with a self help DVD. And it actually works…sort of. Booley finds himself with more confidence than he’s ever had, and it leads him to believe that he’s better than everyone else, and they all need to be punished for the wrongs that have been done to him…and so begins a rampage of revenge and death!

Now, while Tom Detrik is very good as Angus Booley, I actually believe that this guy would be bullied by everyone he ever met; the overall movie falls just a bit short. I think the ‘comedy’ parts aren’t that funny and the ‘thriller’ parts fall a bit flat because of it. Booley rides a fine line and doesn’t manage to hit either side’s notes just right. It’s a fun movie, but I never laughed and I never felt like Booley was really that threatening. Booley is a fine attempt, but just never manages to find its own rhythm. I’m giving Booley 2 out of 4 cigars, it’s an okay movie, but it could have used either more humor or more violence…one way or the other. You can find out more for yourself by heading over to http://www.mrpotent.com/booley.