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Repo Chick
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02.17.2011 By: Jacob Riley
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Director:
Alex Cox

Actors:
Jaclyn Jonet
Miguel Sandoval
Rosanna Arquette

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A wealthy socialite, Pixxi De La Chasse (Jonet), becomes disinherited by her family due to her unscrupulous nature. But if she can prove that she is responsible and can hold down an honest job she may get back the family money. Determined, Pixxi begins her career in the repossession business, a job that will land her right in the middle of a terrorist plot to blow up L.A. with Soviet era weapons of mass destruction.

Can Pixxi prove she is responsible and the best repo chick around or is L.A. screwed?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Repo Chick is an incredibly unique movie ...

As far as the plot goes it is pretty chaotic, subplots and side-characters are continuously popping up derailing the pace. This is probably the weakest aspect of Repo Chick because it often seems like it doesn't know what direction it wants to take. The film is obviously a farce, but while the plot borrows heavily from director Alex Cox's earlier repo-themed film Repo Man there is a stark contrast in style. This can probably be attributed primarily to the method that Repo Chick was filmed, while Repo Man was gritty and grounded in reality this movie is over stylized and and not quite as believable.

You see, the first thing you should know about the movie is that it is filmed entirely in front of a green screen with the background environment (primarily models and toys) being added in in post-production and it gives the entire movie a cartoonish feel. Sometimes this method is used to its advantage but an entire movie filmed this way seems like more of a gimmick than anything else and my eyes never really adjusted to it. Using a virtual set was obviously an attempt to keep costs down, as director Alex Cox admits in the behind the scenes featurette, and it does give Repo Chick a novel look but most of the time the effects come off corny and tacky ultimately hurting the visual style of the movie.

As far as the acting goes Repo Chick has a pretty solid ensemble cast. They all play their over-the-top roles quite well leading to some decent laughs. My favorite character was Pixxi's boyfriend Marco, played by Alex Feldman, a white Rastafarian music sensation and back-up dancer. He both looked and sounded ridiculous and I could help but laugh every time he popped up on screen. The weakest point from an acting standpoint is that the actors often seem out of place with their digitally added surroundings and each other. Hell, there are occasionally times where I wondered if the actors in a scene were actually filmed together or if they were themselves added in post production. In the end, however, it is the performances that are the strongest part of Repo Chick and save it from being a total schlock-fest.

Taking all of these aspects into account I wouldn't say that Repo Chick is a good movie, but it is a pretty enjoyable one. I found that when I wasn't trying to figure out what the hell was going on I was laughing. It would not surprise me to see Repo Chick featured on the Awfully Good column in the near future ...
THE EXTRAS
Trailer: Makes more sense than the movie. I could at least follow the plot.

"Better Than Money" Behind the Scenes Featurette (27 Minutes): An extensive and intimate look at how Repo Chick came to be by focusing primarily on how it was filmed and why it was filmed in the way it was. Director Alex Cox, an indie filmmaking veteran, has a very pragmatic approach that seems to make order out of all of the chaos. I would almost recommend watching this before even watching the movie; it will give you a whole lot more respect for the finished project even if you don't consider yourself a fan.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Between the absurdness of the characters, the convoluted plot and the overall style of the movie I would say Repo Chick was created in the hopes that it would become an instant cult classic. It has several aspects that do make for an enjoyable viewing experience but I don't see it gaining much of a following. If you want to see something a bit different you can do a lot worse than Repo Chick. If nothing else it will be good for a couple of laughs.
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7:55AM on 02/17/2011
Great review. I actually quite liked the film, and gave it a much higher rating, but I can definitely understand the points you made.
Great review. I actually quite liked the film, and gave it a much higher rating, but I can definitely understand the points you made.
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7:03PM on 02/17/2011
Thanks dude! It was a pretty crazy flick for my first official review ... Glad you enjoyed the movie, I think if I watch it again a drinking game may be involved! :P
Thanks dude! It was a pretty crazy flick for my first official review ... Glad you enjoyed the movie, I think if I watch it again a drinking game may be involved! :P

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