Horror-comedy is really gross but not very scary or funny.
What parents need to know
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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.
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?
Bad Milo probably wanted to be gleefully naughty, but instead it's just bad. The basic idea of the movie -- 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.
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?
|Theatrical release date:||October 4, 2013|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||January 21, 2014|
|Cast:||Gillian Jacobs, Ken Marino, Patrick Warburton|
|Studios:||Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures|
|Run time:||85 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||bloody comic horror violence, and for language and some sexual content|
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