American Movie Movie Review

Got a serious appetite for life? Prepare to gorge yourself on American Movie's all-u-can-eat buffet of reality. This documentary's menu: Destiny, Failure, Family, Friendship, and enough Humor to warrant bringing a pack of Rolaids for that warm feeling that will invariably creep up from your gut straight into your heart.

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - Mark Borchardt (himself) is a man possessed by a desire to make movies, budget black & white horror flicks, to be precise. After facing the reality that his current project won't get done before he gets funding, Mark shifts his focus to making money by finishing his previous film. Titled Coven, it's about a substance-abusing writer whose spiral leads him to a self-help group that is less than supportive. As Borchardt struggles through continuous and severe setbacks, the audience comes to understand and care deeply about his passion. He is so charismatic that there may be a temptation to attribute the power of this story to his charm. Greater than this, however, is his tenacious determination at what he says is the critical juncture in his voyage. With the financial backing of his 82 year-old Uncle, seemingly inexhaustible loyalty of his friends and mother, and (quite) a few beers, Mark's core of pure energy just might be enough to fuel a victorious journey - it's certainly sufficient to infuse the audience with inspiration.

Then there's Mike Schank (himself) - musician, (very) recently reformed drug user, and source of some of the best laughs of the year. Friends with Mark since childhood, Mike is as true as they come. He's the kind of person who has somehow managed to hold on to that simple but profound wisdom often attributed to children, that usually leaves us as soon as we stop telling the truth all of the time.

In an odd sort of way, American Movie gave me the same kind of satisfaction that comes from really good down home cooking; neither needs false pretense to make you happy. In fact, it was so good, I'm thinking about going back for seconds.

Which witch?

Cast & Crew

Director :

Producer :

Comments

American Movie Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: R, 1999

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Our Tastebuds Are Tingling For This Year's Hottest New Artists

The world's biggest fast food chain presents three of the top up-and-coming indie...

Our Tastebuds Are Tingling For This Year's Hottest New Artists

Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett: Meet The Cast of Andy Serkis’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Hot on the heels of Disney announcing their star filled Jungle Book cast, Warner...

Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett: Meet The Cast of Andy Serkis’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Maroon 5 - Animals [Lyric] Video

Ahead of their fifth studio album, 'V', in September, Maroon 5 is continuing their promotion by releasing the lyric video for their...

Maroon 5 - Animals (Lyric Video) Video

God Help the Girl Movie Review

With bouncy pop tunes and a breezy tone, this Scottish musical sometimes feels so weightless that it seems to float right out...

God Help the Girl Movie Review

Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss and Duplass Shine

Starring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, The One I Love follows Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) attempt...

Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss and Duplass Shine

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks with Quentin Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Lawrenceis in negotiations withQuentin Tarantinoto star in his forthcoming...

Jennifer Lawrence in Talks with Quentin Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight'

Miley Cyrus Banned From Performing In Dominican Republic

Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing in the Dominican Republic. The...

Miley Cyrus Banned From Performing In Dominican Republic

Chris Pratt Pays Visit To Children's Hospital As Peter Quill

The world keeps on falling in love with Chris Pratt over and over again. After a...

Chris Pratt Pays Visit To Children's Hospital As Peter Quill

Win A Pair Of Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones From Beats By Dre

Welcome all you eagle-eyed freebie spotters to our latest competition where...

Win A Pair Of Lady Gaga Heartbeats Headphones From Beats By Dre
Advertisement