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Adventures of the Naked Umbrella

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent, salty would-be cult classic doesn't quite click.

Movie NR 2023 101 minutes
Adventures of the Naked Umbrella Movie Poster: Below the title are five faces: Sam Wanoutsky (Jeremy Davies) is in the center, with Yolanda (Darnell Rhea) and Sheriff Buzz (Tom Arnold) to the left, and Irene (Taryn Manning) and an alien to the right

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This amiable mishmash ultimately doesn't add up to much, despite its many moving parts. Perhaps an attempt at a John Waters-like oddity, this would-be cult flick is brimming with conspiracy theories, an alien, a disco truck, a fake pig, quirky Christmas songs, and a plaster "Salvation Mountain." Adventures of the Naked Umbrella benefits from some of its characters, starting with Davies' Sam. Davies is an unpredictable actor, but he somehow instills Sam with a sweet likability. While on his podcast, Sam is a wild man -- but in person, he's open-hearted, more than a little wounded, and hopeful and curious. His relationships with Yolanda and Irene feel unexpectedly genuine. (Yolanda insists that he never lies to her, and we sense that she's right.)

But it's hard to discern just what, if anything, Sam's journey really means. (Perhaps it's about faith, or time, or existence, or just ... nothing?) The rest of the movie's bells and whistles don't seem to contribute much, other than just being there and being weird. And there's a sour taste to some of the touches. But who knows? Perhaps Adventures of the Naked Umbrella is one of those movies that doesn't make sense now but will catch on with fans years later. Or maybe it won't.

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