It’s Christmas Eve and you are wasted off your ass while doing some last minute shopping for the perfect gift for your son. You are barely able to “walk” into this weird store where everything is apparently for sale. What do you decide to get your son? No, not Gremlins, Fookahs!
This could not have been more of a Gremlins knock off if it even tried. Sure there were tiny differences, instead of not feeding it after midnight or getting it wet the rule is don’t put them both in the same cage. Breaking those rules leads to the same results in either case. Oh, and toss in an STD all over your body!
Mildly amusing, I did chuckle a few times…BUT….it was Gremlins all the way and blatant plagiarism of it at that.
The fathers acting was comically bad. It was exaggerated in the right way and was fun to watch. So were the shopkeepers. That first scene in the shop was pretty fun and looked well done. The son on the other hand sucked ass. Seriously horrible. And not horrible because he’s trying to be horrible…just horrible because he can’t even pull off satirical horrible. Anyone else would have been a better actor. I take that back, almost anyone else would have been a better choice for that role.
On the technical side it was okay. The film certainly looked much better than Next/Door in all aspects. Even though the creatures were rather comical, that added to the silly fun.
I would have enjoyed it more if it wouldn’t have been a blatant rip off of Gremlins. Putting that aside it was amusing and certainly made the drive in traffic more bearable.
My Personal Review:
Rating Scale: Movie Theatre, Redbox Rental, or Skip It — Redbox Rental
Cheese Factor: Vegan (no cheese), Taleggio, Limburger, Stinking Bishop — Taleggio