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1.0 out of 5 stars WATCH THE TRAILER AND LEAVE IT THERE, 24 May 2008
This review is from: Mouth to Mouth [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
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I initially watched the trailer of this film to garner an idea of what it was about, and found my interest piqued by what looked like an indy coming-of-age drama - as with many films (mainstream hollywood fare, ironically) the trailer was much better than the film it was advertising, and I should have just watched that, never going near the actual film so that it would always have the potential to be good, like some celluloid version of Schrodinger's Cat. Sadly, bringing this analogy to it's depressingly inevitable conclusion, I opened the box and not only found the cat was dead, but that it had also just penned a farewell missive in which it revealed that it had just watched Mouth To mouth, and despite being a cat with no concept of narrative conceits such as the three-act play or the Heroes' journey, let alone human concepts of adolescent rebellion and self-exploration, found the film pretentious and self-deluded, reveling in cliches while hoping to give human insight despite not featuring fleshed-out human characters to validate any of it's observations. On the back of this critique, the cat further elaborated how someone with no opposable thumb could pen a review of a movie, and also how it managed to work the dvd player, which - though interesting - has no relevance to this review.

Ellen Page stars in the role of Sherry Green, a rather cliched picture of teenage angst - complete with Hollyoaks-style lip piercing and eye-liner - manipulated and bullied into joining a homeless cult for no reason beyond that she's a cliched picture of teenage angst and such people have no thoughts of their own. "We're all individuals IN THE GROUP" is a message that is repeated without irony from the off, claims of communal idealism on the part of the group somewhat undermined by their first act on meeting a newcomer being to bully, humiliate and rob them.

A checklist of individualist cliches willingly isolate themselves from society and family, yet never question if they're being manipulated, despite being cliched counter-culture outsiders who would arguably be the first to consider such a possibility. Cult leader Harry's mind games being the stuff of soap operatics, it's this lack of awareness coupled with their willing isolation that makes the group two-dimensional and unsympathetic as characters, the only empathy elicited coming from the viewer's acknowledgement of universal experiences such as bereavement, sexual awakening, or parental friction, not that any of these experiences are portrayed or framed with any insight. The occasional moments of dance-influenced performance-art further serve to alienate, rather than underline the indy sensibility those concerned hope will emanate from every pretentious, self-indulgent frame of movie.

A technically well-made film that has nothing to say and fails to entertain, enlighten, or inform.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2009 22:00:26 GMT
Griesmayer says:
The DVD box comes with a cat? Cool!

Posted on 9 Feb 2009 13:58:40 GMT
I have a DVD called Mouth to Mouth 2. It features two girls and lots of manfat.
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