I have something of a soft spot for indie film, those little productions that sometimes manage to make it to video store shelves, and even manage to launch a career or two. And that’s why I’m happy to see the folks out at Heavy Times Media send their titular release, Heavy Times, out my way…even if I’m not so happy about the content of the disc.
Heavy Times is about three fairly loserish gents–Dan, Mark and Hugh, recent college graduates, apparently–who one day decide to go over to Dan’s sister’s house for dinner. There, they meet the center of all douchebaggery in the known universe, Rick, Dan’s brother in law. Rick talks the trio into embarking on a long, strange trip that will involve psychotic college roommates, lots and lots of drinking, and the eventual target of a trip to Montreal, where Rick believes, erroneously, that a horde of legal prostitutes awaits them. I’d say more about the plot here, except there really isn’t any more to say than that.
First off, what you’re seeing here is something of a rarity. It hasn’t even hit the festival circuit yet, so you’re getting this one straight out long, long before it’s even available. The brainchild of a stand up comic and the crew he gathered together, Heavy Times is something of a strange bird.
It’s a really nice sort of slice of life affair–chances are you know people like these. Or maybe you were people like these at some point. And though their adventures are a bit familiar, it’s still pretty funny. At least for the most part; I came to the realization by the end of the first half hour that, had Rick accidentally fallen face-first onto a working chainsaw, I would not have been very sad.
Whether or not you’ll want to watch Heavy Times, however, will depend in large part on how cool you are with movies in which people just sit around and talk for long stretches at a time. Because this is one of the chattiest movies I’ve seen in a good long while. For a movie created by a stand-up comic, it’s really nowhere near as funny as you’d hope it would be. Sure, there are some good jokes here, it’s not at all hard to see that, but they’re buried in this morass of conversations that really go nowhere.
However, and I give Heavy Times all the credit in the world for this, there is one great sequence, almost near the end, in which two equally dysfunctional personalities go battering at each other for the stupidest of reasons. It’s an impressive sight, and it very nearly makes up for slogging my way through the Slough of Boring Conversations that were the eighty-three minutes before it. Bravo, fellas.
Still though, much of Heavy Times will be a pointless endeavor, going largely nowhere, much like its main characters. Chances are you’ll be bored to tears watching it, and as entertaining as the last ten minutes is, it’s still poor payoff for the proceeding.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives this interesting yet somewhat laggard film, Heavy Times, a four out of ten for having a decent idea, yet not doing nearly enough with it.
Screenhead is super excited to announce the three lucky winners of Bill Burr: Let It Go Giveaway, which hit the streets this last month.
The winners are Laura Deluca, M. Rogers and nhmoose!
Bill Burr’s newest special demonstrates why he is a force to be reckoned with in the stand-up comedy world. Burr has transitioned from an underground sensation to a polished and articulate comedian that still manages to harness the edge that got him started – dissecting both topical and personal matters, Burr exhibits a well-roundedness seen in a select few of today’s comedians. Selling out the legendary Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, Let It Go is a must-watch for any fan of stand-up comedy.
I will have more giveaways this month and next, so keep coming back and enter our giveaways!
Robin Williams is a rare and gifted actor who spends most of his time making complete garbage.
I’m not sure why that is, but when you look at his career, it looks like a long string of horrendous movies that must’ve at least looked good on paper but turned out to be just colossal wrecks. Licensed to Wed ring any bells? No? How about recent disaster Old Dogs? Maybe Flubber?
At any rate, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen his latest Dead Poets Society, and it won’t be coming any time soon by the look of it. In fact, Wedding Banned, his newest, has just been removed from Disney’s 2011 lineup.
It’s strange to consider how an actor like Williams, known for stand up comedy, seems to fare better in dramatic roles over comedy, but that definitely seems to be the case. I remember him in Insomnia, frankly, and that one was really good. I never thought of Robin Williams in a crime drama, and yet, there he was! And doing a fine job of things too!
So hopefully, Williams’ next role puts him where he needs to be–back in the drama seat.