Did you know The Lord of the Rings is gay?
I beg your pardon?
There's this big black tower, right? And it points right at this huge burning vagina...thing, and it's like, the symbol of ultimate evil. And then Sam and Frodo have to go into this "cave" and "deposit" their magic "ring" into this hot, steamy lava pit. Only at the last minute, Frodo can't "perform", so Gollum bites off his finger. Gay.
I popped this flick into my DVD player expecting it to be one of those dry, meaningful dramas that educates the public on certain controversial issues (such as homosexuality, racism, etc.), but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be much more than that. While it does certainly portray its fair share of insightful and thought-provoking ideas, the movie also makes for a wonderfully hilarious and off-the-wall comedy. Not only that, but it's a great mother-son story too (or would that be father-son story?). Come to think of it, it also works wonders as a road movie. Heck, this movie works in so many ways, it's disappointing that the general public hasn't been giving it enough recognition. Then again, you can't really blame 'em... the whole idea of a movie surrounding a man in his final stages of becoming a transsexual woman doesn't really sound like a fun way to spend 2 hours. But hey, I can admit when I'm wrong, and in this case, I do it happily.
Actress Felicity Huffman is the driving force that moves this film, and Kevin Zegers simply adds a whole nother layer of strength to the production. Their characters feel very real, and both actors share terrific chemistry. As the movie progresses, so does your connection to the leads. The whole thing is just fantastically developed through and through. By the time the credits role, I can pretty much guarantee that the flick will have played with your emotions several times over - that alone proves to be an impressive accomplishment for any film.
Audio Commentary (with writer and director Duncan Tucker): This is a great commentary, offering plenty of humor and hardly any dead air. He also loads the time-length with cool anecdotes and weird facts. A fun and worthwhile listen.
A Conversation With Duncan Tucker and Felicity Huffman (19:00): This semi-interesting discussion between the director and leading lady feels a little staged, but both participants offer up some worth-while information. Most notable, Huffman discusses her exploration of the character and how she transformed herself. Check it out.
A Conversation With Duncan Tucker and Kevin Zegers (10:00): Not as interesting as the previous "conversation". This one's more about Zegers alone, with hardly any focus on anything in the film un-related to him. Fans of him may want to check it out.
Blooper Reel (3:55): This is less a blooper-reel and more a reel of just general goofiness. The actors joke around, make faces, improv, etc. Still worth watching.
Also included on this DVD are a Music Video called "Travelin' Thru" by Dolly Parton, a featurette titled Making the Music Video (4:15) about - you guessed it - the making of the Dolly Parton music video. Lastly, the DVD includes the movie's Theatrical Trailer.
And these shoes. Three dollars, a dollar fifty each. You know how much these things are worth in Japan?
Like 500 dollars. Japanese people kill for old Nikes.
Then you probably should avoid wearing them in Japan.
Yeah, I'd probably be, like, disemboweled by a ninja.
You don't have to say "like". "Probably disemboweled by a ninja" is sufficient.