Bad Milo

  • Review Date: October 2, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013

Common Sense Media says

Horror-comedy is really gross but not very scary or funny.
  • Review Date: October 2, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
There's a vague message about learning how to manage your stress ... or unleash a kind of inner demon that could be harmful to others (though, somehow, not harmful to yourself).
Positive role models
Most of the characters are sympathetic, though not very admirable. One character, a doctor, tries to help the main character through his tough situation, showing dedication and kindness, but he also comes across as a bit flaky.
Violence
Many scenes of a small monster killing people in very bloody ways, with blood spatters and sprays. The creature bites off one character's penis. A character also uses an axe. Perhaps more disturbing is the way in which the creature enters the world -- through the main character's anus. Each time he appears, it causes the man a great deal of pain, and these scenes are also accompanied by ferocious "diarrhea" noises. The creature also returns to the man's anus when finished. These scenes may cause laughter among certain audiences, but they're pretty gross.
Sex
A man is seen giving a woman implied oral sex in an alley (his head is below the frame). He asks for oral sex in return, and she refuses and walks away, so he starts masturbating instead (nothing sensitive is shown). The main character's mother and her younger lover exchange some strong sexual innuendo during dinner. Later, viewers see their bondage cellar, which is filled with various pieces of equipment. Discussion of having a baby. A packet of condoms is shown.
Language
Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "Goddamn," "bitch," "anus," "vagina," "ass," and "d--k." There are also several discussions of the main character's anus, from where the creature comes and goes.
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
The main character's father is described as a "pothead" and is seen smoking pot.
 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bad Milo is a horror/comedy hybrid about a man who has a creature living inside his anus; when he's stressed, the creature comes out and kills people. (Thankfully, the movie doesn't actually show the creature coming and going from its "home," but it clearly causes the man pain, and there are lots of gross noises associated with the process.) Expect lots of gory violence, with spraying blood and body parts bitten off (sometimes off screen), as well as very heavy sexual innuendo, including suggested oral sex and masturbation, as well as a "bondage dungeon." Language is likewise heavy, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." One character is shown to be a regular pot smoker. The shock factor of this movie may entice some teen viewers, but for others it will just be too gross.

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What's the story?

Duncan (Ken Marino) is under a lot of stress. He learns that lots of layoffs are coming at work -- and that his jerk of a boss (Patrick Warburton) has put him in charge of telling co-workers the bad news. Then his presentation is erased from his hard drive, and his retirement fund disappears. And his mother (Mary Kay Place) shows too much PDA with her much younger lover and continually pressures Duncan and his wife, Sarah (Gillian Jacobs), to have kids. Meanwhile, Duncan is having terrible gastrointestinal pain. One night, the pain becomes unbearable as a creature, Milo, escapes from Duncan's bottom and starts killing the people who are bothering him. A hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare) tries to help, but is it too late?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
The basic idea of BAD MILO -- the id taking on a physical form and committing unspeakable acts -- has been done many times in horror movies. (The Brood and Basket Case come to mind.) Written by Benjamin Hayes and Jacob Vaughan and directed by Vaughn, Bad Milo only adds the idea of the creature living inside a man's anus, which is just gross, as well as some humor, though it isn't very funny.
 
The main problem with this kind of movie is that the main character is required to be a passive milquetoast, and unless there's a certain amount of sympathy for him, it just doesn't work. Marino's comical straight man character doesn't generate any laughs or sympathy. And often the humor that's going on around him is of the "shock" variety, as well as the same joke repeated again and again. Bad Milo probably wanted to be gleefully naughty, but instead it's just bad.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bad Milo's bloody violence. Was it scary, or did it make you laugh? What's the difference? What do you think the filmmakers' intent was?
  • What's the appeal of a horror/comedy like this one? Is it fun to be grossed out? Why?
  • What is Duncan's relationship with his family like? Can he communicate with his mother or father? His wife? Would things improve if he could?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 4, 2013
DVD release date:January 21, 2014
Cast:Gillian Jacobs, Ken Marino, Patrick Warburton
Director:Jacob Vaughan
Studios:Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:bloody comic horror violence, and for language and some sexual content

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Adult Written bywonder dove October 15, 2013
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Very decent horror/comedy flick!

I watched Bad Milo not really knowing what to expect, but because of good online reviews I gave it a go. I thought it was pretty well done for a comedy/horror. Very silly and often disturbing! Yes it was funny, it was not very scary but definitely gory! One thing is for sure, Milo is so adorable! It's about a man named Duncan (Ken Marino) who is having a hard time at work including his presentation being erased from his hard drive and his retirement fund disappears which also upsets his wife, Sarah (Gillian Jacobs). But Duncan is having stomach issues and one night while on the toilet, Duncan gives "birth" to a creature that comes out of his butt (nothing graphic shown). That creature is called Milo. Milo has bad tendencies to hurt and kill those that Duncan does not like, which upsets Duncan because he is a good man and has no intentions of hurting anyone. Scared and frustrated, Duncan turns to a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare) for help but with no guaranteed results. It is not a serious movie, it's only mindless fun to kill time with. Language is strong throughout with f-words, sh*t, b*tch @ss and much more. Violence is very strong and disturbing with the main point being that Milo comes out of Duncan's butt and also goes back in when he's done killing - it is followed by noises of pain and farting sounds. Milo kills several characters with lots of blood and gore. Milo bites off a mans penis which is shown for about 6 seconds. Though when Milo isn't killing, he's as cute as can be. Sexual content isn't too bad but includes a man going down on a woman in an alley, she moans but nothing is shown. He later masturbates when she refuses to return the favor (not graphic). Sexual innuendo between a couple at a dinner table. Pack of condoms are shown. Married couples kiss. No drinking but an old man is said to be a pothead and you see him smoking in one scene (hard to tell, I thought it was a cigarette at first!) Some will think it's stupid, some will think it's hilarious. You be the judge. Safe for 16++!!

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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