Wilbur Tuttle (Michael J. Sielaff), has been walked on in his life…a lot. When he mistakenly receives a package in the mail from Al Qaeda to a local terrorist, he initially tries to return to sender, but when it doesn’t fit in his mailbox, he tosses it in the trash. However, curious as to its contents, he ultimately takes it back inside his apartment to see what’s in it. What’s inside is a device with two buttons and a switch. After playing with it, he figures out that button 1 makes people, and even dogs burp, while button 2 makes them fart. The switch reverses which hole those come out of. This is just the chance he’s been waiting for. Now he can get revenge on all the people who’ve wronged him in his life, including a teacher, a guy who stole a girl he wanted, a former friend who he wrote a script with who took all the credit (and the money) for it and even the entire city of Los Angeles. When the terrorists come looking for their device however, and they kidnap his dog to make him give it back to them, Wilbur finally discovers what it’s like to be a hero.
This film is a short comedy from writer and director, Adam Kargman. Now, I ain’t gonna lie. I loves me some toilet humor. There is absolutely nothing pretentious or snooty about me in any way, shape or form, so when I got offered a chance to review a film full of burps and farts, I jumped on it, and I have to say…I’m glad I did. For fans of low brow comedy and physical humor, this movie is an absolute gem.
Michael J. Sielaff does a wonderful job of playing just sort of an "every man", who’s been screwed over a lot in his life. Physically he’s very tall and kind of string beanie, and he’s great not only at the facial expressions that go along with this style of humor, but he also knows what do to with his body to exaggerate things just enough to be hilarious without going overboard. When Adam offered me the film to review, he referred to it as a sort of a Jim Carrey style comedy. Now I can’t stand Jim Carrey, and comparing the brilliance of excecution I saw in this film to anything Jim Carrey has done, is in my opinion, kind of an insult to Michael J. Sielaff, because I’d rather watch Michael any day of the week. Jim Carrey never understood where to draw the line between being funny, and going over the top into stupid and annoying. Michael nails being truly funny and entertaining by not crossing that line. So kudos to him on an outstanding performance.
The story itself is really just nonsensical by its very nature, but it’s executed in an absolutely entertaining way that flows really well. It’s only 16 minutes long, which really leaves me with a problem. At 16 minutes, the film was really just the perfect length for the story, but when it was over, I found myself wishing there was more, even though I know that turning it into a longer film would have likely ruined it. I actually watched it again the following day with my wife, and she thought it was hilarious as well.
Visually, the film looks great, it’s edited really well, the lighting and sound are excellent, and it all just came together really nicely. There’s really not much more you could ask for. In a way I think it almost reminded me of a live action cartoon, which actually made it even more appealing and fun.
Will everyone find this movie as fun and hilarious as I did? The safe answer to that is no. There are people out there who just don’t appreciate low brow humor. To them I say, skip this film and go watch some stupid art film that makes no sense if that’s all you can appreciate. For anyone with a good sense of humor however, this film is not to be missed. I can’t recommend it enough.
If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out it’s page on the Roundhay Garden Films website here. While you’re there, make sure you read the whole page about the production and the people involved. It’s an extremely interesting read!