Spoilery Review: Cheap Thrills



What would you do for money if you were desperate? How far would you go to keep your family from being homeless? These questions are the focus of this movie. Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton this comedic thriller is a bit deeper than it appears.

Pat Healy plays Craig, a guy at his wits end after getting fired from his job as a mechanic and receiving an eviction notice the same day. Now he needs to come up with $4500 to keep his family in their home. While contemplating his options at a local dive bar he runs into an old friend from high school named Vince, played by Ethan Embry.

After catching up, Craig confides his problems to Vince who commiserates with him but can’t help him. Craig excuses himself to the bathroom where he finds a guy doing some blow, the guy leaves and Craig notices he dropped a $50 in the toilet. This is the first gross thing he does for money.

When he gets back to the bar Vince has made friends with the guy who was doing blow in the bathroom. The man Colin, played by David Koechner, is there with his wife Violet, Sara Paxton, celebrating her birthday. To celebrate they are out on the town, drinking and causing a bit of trouble.

The bets start off pretty simple, first to take shots, slap a strippers ass, punch a bouncer, but when the group gets back to Colin and Violets house things start to get crazy. Colin takes Vince to his office to get some drugs and Vince sees stacks of cash in the safe. Being a hard up loan shark enforcer Vince decides that he and Craig should steal the money.

Little do they know that Colin is a martial arts champion, he quickly turns the tables on Vince and this is where things go deep into the abyss. Instead of calling the police, Colin makes Craig and Vince compete against each other in a series of fucked up challenges to earn the money they just tried to steal. The end of Four Rooms is recreated, they dine on some delectably exotic cuisine, and shit in the neighbors house.

This is dark comedy at its finest, leaving you simultaneously horrified and laughing hysterically. But I have been accused of being a sick fucker. If you are a fan of the dark comedy classic Very Bad Things, you will probably enjoy the shit out this movie. Hitting theaters 3/21/14 this is a don’t miss for fans of things you shouldn’t laugh at.

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