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Heckler Review


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As a critic, one approaches Heckler with a sense of dread. The brainchild of perennial whipping boy Jamie Kennedy -- whose movies are savaged by the press, each one rated worse than the last -- it is a film in which Kennedy gets his chance to fire back at the critics who have hounded him his entire career. At 38 years old, he is now on the Rob Schneider trajectory, destined never to make a critically loved or even artistically interesting film. He makes goofball comedies that appeal to the PG-13 crowd (if that), and for years Kennedy has been unapologetic about that fact.

When one reviews a Kennedy movie, a critic rarely thinks about Kennedy sitting on the other side of that review, reading your comments and perhaps reacting emotionally to them. Who would've thought that, deep inside, Kennedy was the proverbial clown that cried.

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Poor White Trash Review


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What is it about semi-rural America that makes it so ripe for satirizing American values? It's a longstanding tradition of mockery, from the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona to Lynch's psychotic Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, to, finally, Michael Addis' Poor White Trash.

Poor White Trash concerns Michael Bronco (Tony Denman), a small-town boy who wants nothing more than to be a psychologist. He spends his evenings talking about how his divorced mother's (Sean Young) anger towards her ex is a shield for her fear of abandonment, and spends his days raisin' hell with Ron Lake (William Devane). One day, the hell raisin' goes a little too far and the two find themselves in court, where they are convicted but get a suspended sentence due to the handiwork of the sleazy Lennie Lake (Jacob Tierney), a gold-toothed hick of a lawyer with a beer-can garden (you really have to witness this bizarre sight to believe it). Thinking that all is fine, the group goes off to celebrate, only to find out that Michael can't get into college now that he's been convicted of a crime.

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