Movie Stream Cast 66: Chef (2014)

MSC Chef MovieOn episode 066 of Movie Stream Cast, Aaron Thompson returns to discuss Jon Faverau’s Chef, which is streaming for a subscription on Netflix, and for a $2.99 digital rental on Amazon, YouTube and GooglePlay and a $3.99 digital rental on iTunes. They also try to decide which Netflix original is more depressing, Love or The Killing. Finally, two Top 3 lists you’ll never see coming.

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56 thoughts on “Movie Stream Cast 66: Chef (2014)

  1. Aaron said he started watching Survivor Season 31: Second Chances but realised he’d already seen it because it’s the one with “the annoying Brazilian girl who loses her bag” but I think he might be confused by the fact that he’s seen Survivor: Philippines before (which is the season where Abi lost her bag) and she’s a returning player in Second Chances? There’s no way you guys watched Second Chances in a hotel together and Josh wouldn’t remember. It was only last year! Abi Maria sticks in your eye like a thumb so it’s definitely understandable that a reappearance from her (being exactly as obnoxious as her previous season) might trick you into thinking you’ve seen the whole thing before but don’t give up on Second Chance’s, Aaron. It’s a far better season than Philippines!

    • And as usual I’m the one who’s actually confused. Just ignore my utterly asinine ramblings above. I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

      Not sure why I remembered the bag incident being from Philippines. I guess the first episode of Second Chances seems way longer ago than it really was.

      • You had me going there for a minute. I really started to second-guess myself about Abi losing a bag in the Phillipines.

        I’m just as surprised that I didn’t remember this as first. It’s because it was early on in the season and I was trying to get him caught up, but he never actually did get caught up. Pretty sure we only watched the first few eps.

        Phillipines is a favorite season of mine I might recommend Aaron watch, but it’s another that doesn’t start out great, what with some boring first few boots.

        And thinking about hooking Aaron’s wife, I’m not sure she’ll respond to people like Zane and Angie Cookies as her introduction to the show.

        The ladies I know seem to love All-Stars, but since Aaron’s not a re-watcher, I’m actually thinking Blood vs Water. Any of you new viewers out there watched that season, yet?

    • Do you not like Philippines, David? The beginning is dull, yes. After the tribe swap / dissolve / absorption, it becomes one of my favorite seasons of all-time. Love 90% of the cast. Love the location and conditions. There are some awesome challenges. Solid gameplay.

        • Penner would make a great guest if you could wrangle him. It would be an awesome sandwich of Survivor talk and horror movie discussion.

          • Penner was scheduled for HMP once with his wife (and filmmaker) Stacy Title, but we got stood-up due to filming of The Bye Bye Man. We ended up giving away Penner’s book, Horror Cinema, away that episode.

      • I adore Penner. He’s probably up there in my top 5 contestants. And I think Denise was a good winner but overall it’s one of the lesser seasons for me. I can’t really pinpoint why. I guess the amount of screen time given to Abi early on sort of soured my experience (especially given it was my first exposure to her; by Second Chances I knew what to expect) and then after Penner was out I sort of lost interest a bit. I feel like a large proportion of the cast were maybe kind of dull?

        • Not “dull” strategically but just not the bigger, wackier characters I was used to at the point when I watched it. Which speaks to the way the sequencing of seasons can affect an individual season by comparison to adjacent seasons. I think I watched Philippines just after Cagayan and just before Caramoan. Which are two of my very favourites and coincidentally two that I would definitely recommend to Aaron.

          • I’d recommend Cagayan to Aaron, but not to his wife. I wouldn’t recommend Caramoan to anyone who seen less than 10 seasons.

            Man, I just love Philippines. Part of that is also when it falls in the chronology. It’s at the end of a dry spell and at the start of a hot streak.

            Also, those deep water challenges just turn me on. And there’s none of that in the seasons shot in Samoa or Nicaragua.

            Penner’s in my Top 3 characters of all time, but I also like Denise and Malcolm. Abi is annoying, but can sometimes be great TV. And I had an affection for Skupin and Lisa Welchel that season. I also think Jeff Kent was good TV.

            There were several duds in the cast (Carter, Dana, Angie, Roxy, Katie), but at least there were some big stand-outs. And the rest were good. Plus, there are duds on every cast.

  2. Josh, that was a real power move the other day, rushing us to get our Survivor questions in and then not recording a session. Thanks, buddy.

      • No worries. I was just joshing you.

        I do actually have another question, though…

        ##### Spoilers for Survivor “Season 32 Episode 8” #####

        We know that Tai voted for Jason at TC in episode 8, going against his alliance’s strategy (and his alliance, period). Based on the edit, we already know that Tai isn’t a huge fan of Jason. But, if his alliance stuck to their original plan then there would have been a tie between Aubry and Debbie, and his alliance members would have known that one person went against the alliance. That would have put a huge target on his back moving forward.

        So, I’m wondering if there was an actual strategic play there for Tai with what we know (i.e. Jason also having an idol), or if it was just a dumb move on his part. I’m having a hard time seeing it as anything other than a dumb move, based solely on his dislike for Jason. The only possible scenario I can think of is that he thought he had an alliance with the brains tribe (not shown in the edit) to vote off Jason, giving him 4 votes, and then the other six votes would have been split 3-apiece to Aubry and Debbie.

        But that would be terribly short-sighted game play – it puts a target on his back and his new alliance would still have been out-numbered. It also would have eliminated any chance of making a super idol down the road. I don’t know, seems dumb to me. Thoughts?

  3. Just finished watching Chef.

    —SOME SPOILERS FOR CHEF

    One of the things that stood out to me was how a bit misleading the movie felt to me. With the plot and the movie poster, I figured the food truck would play a bigger role in the movie. Instead, it took a full hour before we finally even got to the truck. Ultimately, it made it feel like it dragged on with a running time of an hour and fifty minutes. While El Jefe’s life is crumbling around him due to the one review, you’re left waiting for the food truck to come into the picture so that the main part of the movie can actually begin.

    I hated the very ending. It’s way too sappy and everything working out perfectly. So now only does he and the food critic make up, but the critic is practically coming to him on his knees, begging to work with Carl? Yeah, okay. Of course Carl magically ended up back with Inez with marriage 2.0. At no point in the movie do I recall ever being told why their marriage ended in the first place. Was it just that he was unhappy with his career which caused the problems in the marriage? So now that he’s happy again, Inez is suddenly willing to get married again? Eh. Then there’s the fact that the food truck is now just done. How long did Carl even drive the food truck if the El Jefe restaurant is already up and going by time Carl and Inez got re-married six months after the events of the movie? This movie was all about Carl’s unhappiness about working for another person and the happiness that came from working for himself again. Sure, the critic said that Carl would be in charge of everything, but we already heard at the beginning of the film that Riva said the very same thing when they first began working together. I don’t see why this new restaurant is going to turn out any different than it did at Riva’s place.

    The movie had a nice ending with Carl’s happiness of running the food truck and finally connecting with his son. Then they end up blowing it in the final minute for an over the top happy Hollywood ending.

    I do wonder if the movie was one giant advertisement created by Twitter. If Locke was BMW Presents Concrete, Chef was Twitter Presents Food.

    I did enjoy myself though. It’s a fun sort of movie to throw on during a dull day to pass the time. It’d just be better if it wasn’t so long, had a little more actual heart to it, and nixed the over the top ending.

    I’d give it a 6.5 and a recommendation to queue it for when you’re bored.

    In other news, I watched my first Christopher Guest directed film last night. Best in Show recently popped up on Netflix and I decided to give it a watch due to it’s widely known cast and the fact that I was still in a mockumentary mood after watching Election a few weeks ago. I loved it. Fred Willard was the highlight of the movie with his creative commentary during the dog show. It’s the most I’ve ever been entertained by Willard.

    I’d give it a 9 and a recommendation to stream it now.

    Any recommendations for what should be my second Guest directed movie?

    • Glad you liked Best In Show. It’s basically perfect. The two other REALLY great Christopher Guest movies are Waiting for Guffman and A Mighty Wind. They are all masterpieces, so which to watch first just depends on whether small-town thespians or over-the-hill folk musicians sound more entertaining.

      It’s worth seeing This is Spinal Tap before A Mighty Wind because it’s a reunion, of sorts.

      Didn’t care for his non-mockumentary take on Hollywood, For Your Consideration nearly as much. BTW, Election isn’t a mockumentary. What were you saying there? I freaking LOVE that movie. Top 10 dramedies, for me. Maybe Top 5.

      • I have seen This is Spinal Tap and some of the other movies that Guest starred in, but didn’t direct.

        How would you describe Election? I feel like the basic format of the movie is very much so comparable to a mockumentary, even if they didn’t go all the way with it. The narrative is the same, even if we get voice overs rather than confessional diary scenes (What are those scenes called anyhow? I know there’s a proper term). Maybe it’s not exactly the same thing, but the style feels the same with me and in both Election and Best in Show, it’s a detailed look at a competition that is only serious for those involved.

        • Confessionals. Yeah. That’s a reality TV term. In documentary we’d just say “interview” or “talking head” to use the jargon.

          I see what you’re saying about the use of VO in Election. Nowadays, mockumentary is probably the right reference.

          But my thought is that they were going for the vibe of a novel, where we’re really getting in the heads of these characters.

          That’s more fitting with the time the film is made. The only reality shows at the time were The Real World and Road Rules and the only mockumentaries at the time were Spinal Tap and Guffman. It wasn’t part of the zeitgeist yet.

          Plus the shooting style of the rest of the film is not documentary-style at all. Purely cinematic. There are POV shots and private scenes that wouldn’t be in a doc or mock-doc.

          • I’m willing to concede that Election features more of a novel based narrative than a mockumentary. Just so I don’t admit complete failure, I’d say mockumentary talking heads and novel internal dialogue serves the same purpose.

            It is interesting that just in the mid 90’s, there were so few examples of televised doc series or mockumentaries. I’m of the age where I can just remember seeing Puck on The Real World and seeing the first season of Road Rules without understanding how big those shows were for it’s time.

  4. Hello Josh,

    Well I have to say you have got me hooked on Survivor now here are my ratings for the three seasons I have watched so far:

    Survivor Gabon – 8 I really liked the people on the show from Bad Randy to Sugar it was very enjoyable to watch and I was very satisfied to see who won. I think it was good for me to start there and move forward.

    Survivor Tochins- 4 Im glad I did not start with this one at all. I really did not like the casting on this one. Also the fact that they got rid of the best looking girl on day three killed it for me…. I did however enjoy Tyson and the only bright spot of the season. Coach was annoying and I was like really he doesn’t even have a family member visit him, he has his assistant coach visit him come on! I do not like this season at all but I do say you have to watch it because it makes watching Heroes VS Villains so much better!

    Survivor Samoa- 9 The rise of Russell I enjoyed watching this season so much and it looked liked the roughest time out there. Even though he does not win he had the best game play out there and proved that even if you play the game perfect you still can not buy the title of “SOLE SURVIVOR” and that is what make the game so fascinating!

    I am currently watching Heroes VS Villains right now and I am loving it and im glad I watched the 3 seasons before because it gives me a better insight on the players. Question was survivor 19 showing while they were filming this because if the villains would have seen that season there is no way they would have kept Russell in the beginning! I think they were at a huge disadvantage not knowing how Russell was playing the game.

    Well I look forward to the next Survivor podcast and hearing more insight thanks for getting me hooked again.

    Mario (LOON) Leon

        • Speaking of recommendations, I’ve been going back and forth between whether to follow your “interesting arcs” recommendation or to go in order. In conversation with David, I told him I’d rather do the arcs, but don’t want entire seasons spoiled for me by watching a season with a returning player from an earlier season I had not seen yet. David’s suggestion was to go through the best of the new contestant seasons first, then choose an arc based on characters I like.

          Good recommendation, I thought. I’m going to get started on that after season 32 is completed.

          • I agree, in general.

            Having said that, there are some characters on returning-player seasons aren’t important in terms of spoilers for their original season. For instance, Survivor: Philippines features three returning players who were medically evacuated from their previous season. Okay, so you know they didn’t win, but that’s as far as the spoilers go. Survivor usually under-edits the med-evacs anyway, so that you don’t feel too attached when they leave the game.

            Trust me on this: Don’t just watch in order. That’s likely what killed it for you last time. I say that because it killed it for millions of Americans. It killed Daniel’s podcast. But so many of the new school seasons are SO good. You can watch them confidently knowing that a spoiler or two (unless it is the winner) is usually not significant to past seasons by the time you visit them. David and I were bot unintentionally spoiled on several seasons and they were still entertaining. Plus, unless you’re a completest, there are at least 3-5 seasons I’d say you can just skip.

          • Oh, yes! I’m so all over this. I want to bring in Cody and David to confer. Maybe Sal and Daniel. But I’ll put up my suggestions o the next episode’s comments.

            • Sweet. Thanks, Josh. I love how much time and consideration you put into your recommendations. I know I’m in good hands.

              Like I said, though, I’ll have to wait until after season 32 is finished. Between the current season, a Game of Thrones series re-watch leading up to season 6 and trying to catch up on Fear the Walking Dead, my TV watching slate is filled up.

              Now that my wife is hooked on Survivor too, it’ll be easier to catch up on previous seasons when filling in the gaps between new seasons.

        • Josh

          i’m trying to go in order I understand your recommendation your Arcs but I still feel for the greater good I have to do them in order!!!

          I am almost done with season 21 Nicaragua but not finding it that good

          • Yeah! That’s my point! Nicaragua was the VERY LAST in our season rankings. I’m telling you this for your own good. Unless you are talking full All-Star seasons (there are only 3 of them out of 32) there is not reason to go in order. And I’s add what I said to Dino above to this comment.

        • Guys, only a small percentage of the seasons build on one another (the arcs we’ve mentioned), but this isn’t like other shows. There’s no reason, other than a healthy case of OCD, to go in order. Just sayin’ … you’ll do what you want.

    • Survivor Samoa had not begun airing by time of the airing of Survivor Heroes vs Villains. In fact, Russell just had a month to try and recover from Samoa before immediately going back to Samoa for Heroes vs Villains. So when Russell went back for Heroes vs Villains, he did NOT know if his original strategy gave him the win or not, which I feel was unfair to Russell since everyone else knew whether or not their original strategies were successful or not to allow them to tweak their gameplay.

      • Thank you Sal,

        I am in the middle of watching heroes VS villains right now and I am enjoying it so much I never thought about Russell’s strategy changing or not until you mentioned it. I have a feeling at the final tribal Council in Samoa that he knew he didn’t win and that is why he agreed to go for season 20 .

        I may go back and watch Parvitta season as I don’t how she won and I want to see her strategy. Is there any other seasons of Survivor you recommend before season 20?

  5. Waiting for Guffman was another entertaining Christopher Guest film. I can’t say I dug it as much as Best in Show though. I like how Guest is interested in middle America in all of it’s glamorous beauty. This time around, it was Eugene Levy as Dr. Pearl who I found to be the funniest character in the film.

    As someone who wasn’t aware of Parker Posey until she was in Scream 3, how big of an indie film star was she in the mid 90’s? It seems as if she was a in a ton of indie films, including a bunch of Guest movies.

    I’d give Waiting for Guffman a 7/10 rating.

    I may be watching A Mighty Wind later tonight.

    BTW, have you watched Sleepwalk with Me, Josh? I know in the past you’ve mentioned being a fan of Mike Birbiglia. I caught this first directed film by Birbiglia on Netflix last night. I guess it’s partially based on his life with his issues with sleepwalking and a troubled past relationship. I really dug it and it’s brutally honest look at a relationship without a typically happy Hollywood ending.

    I’d give it a 8/10 rating.

    • I have seen Sleepwalk with Me. Have you ever heard my embarrassing Marc Maron story where I tried to pitch him a documentary project at a Sundance party? That story happened at the premiere of Sleepwalk with Me. I had a Sundance press pass for my documentary podcast at the time and interview Birbigs about the film. I probably have that unpublished audio somewhere.

      Have you watched A Mighty Wind yet?

      I think Best in Show is the most accessible of Guest’s films, but also the most shallow. I find that Waiting For Guffman and A Mighty Wind continue to grow on me over time. I didn’t even really like AMW when I first saw it and now it’s one of my favorite comedies. but Waiting For Guffman still rules the roost, for me. A classic.

      And, yes, Parker Posey was in every indie film ever made for about a decade. She was like who Greta Gerwig or Rosemarie DeWitt were for mumblecore.

      • I can’t say I recall hearing any Maron stories before. Then again, I only became aware of the guy recently, so I may have heard it without retaining the story in my brain.

        I watched A Mighty Wind last week. I wouldn’t call myself a folk music fan, but I enjoyed some of the songs. I ended up digging the movie more than Waiting for Guffman, but less than Best in Show. It was the best acting performance that I’ve seen out of Eugene Levy in any of his films. Normally when you see Levy in a movie, it’s just Eugene Levy. Certainly entertaining, but he never strays far from the same type of character. As
        Mitch Cohen, Levy got so caught up in the unusual behavior and mannerisms that I stopped seeing Levy and only saw Cohen.

        Are any of Parker Posey’s non-Christopher Guest indie films worth checking out?

        Even though I dig all of the Survivor talk, I love all of the film recommendations I get from Movie Stream Cast that I wouldn’t have otherwise watched. It’s done more to expand my film awareness than any of the other movie podcasts I listen to currently. I’d never consider myself to be a cinephile, but your recommendations have helped broaden my film horizons which I really appreciate.

        • Wow, dude. That means a lot.

          Parker Posey films? So many good ones. They all have that ’90s indie vibe, though. So, go in knowing that. They may well feel dated.

          Number one, by far, for me is The Daytrippers. Greg Mottola’s (Superbad, Adventureland) first film. Besides Posey, you get early Liev Schreiber as well as Hope Davis and Stanley Tucci.

          Then there’s Noah Baumbach’s (The Squid and the Whale, Greenburg, Frances Ha + Wes Anderson co-writer) first film Kicking and Screaming. Josh Hamilton is the real star of this film, but there’s a little good Parker Posey in it and a bit of fun Eric Stoltz, as well.

          Small part in Suburbia (1997). I really enjoy that film. Of course, I love her small parts in Dazed and Confused and Waiting for Guffman. Party Girls was a big one at the time, but not really my thing. The final must-see ’90s indie drama is Henry Fool. And then in the ’00s, Fay Grim (sequel to Henry Fool) and The Oh in Ohio with Paul Rudd as well as Danny Devito and Mischa Barton. Great indie rom-dramedy. And I happen to love her in Scream 3.

          • I can’t say I have a problem with a 90’s indie vibe. That feels more like nostalgia than being dated.

            Ended up watching The Daytrippers first last night since it was your top recommendation and looking over Greg Mottola’s IMDb page, I’ve seen and liked nearly everything he’s directed.

            I loved it. It’s a fun, yet very simple mystery that is really an intimate and honest look at relationships in families. At one point or another, I felt as if every major character was sympathetic and later unlikable. Take Liev Schreiber’s Carl for example. For so much of the movie, he’s so annoying in his pretentious attitude. At the same time, he cares about this family that he’s only a part of because he’s dating the one daughter. By the end of the film, this guy who is actually a really decent person doesn’t have the respect he craves from those he cares about, whether it’s Jo or his mentor.

            The twist was very 90’s ish and I did not see that coming until we found out that the woman in the photograph was just the roommate. So literally, I knew the twist for like…one minute before it was revealed. Ha

            I loved Anne Meara. Such a real character that would grate on your nerves despite her meaning well.

            The funniest scene for me was the speech at the book party with Schreiber’s character mistakenly being stuck next to the speaker during the speech and the poor guy is trying to find an exit, but he just can’t get away. It’s a beautifully awkward moment.

            A completely random question, but does Campbell Scott’s voice sound familiar? Whenever he spoke, I felt like I heard him before. Looking over his IMDb page, I didn’t notice anything that would have been that memorable. It became so frustrating the longer I heard Scott talk.

            I may have enjoyed The Daytrippers more than the three Christopher Guest films I watched.

            I’d give it a 9/10 rating and a recommendation to stream.

          • I love Campbell Scott. Mostly from The Spanish Prisoner. Mamet should be your next MovieStreamCast rabbit hole if you’re not already familiar with his work. Ooooh, we should do an MPN special. Campbell Scott is also, more recently, Peter Parker’s dad in the Andrew Garfield Spiderman movies. Other than that, he does A LOT of like commercials and PBS documentary voice-over, so maybe you know his voice from that.

            So glad you liked this! Can’t wait to hear what Parker Posey film you watch next! Definitely give Kicking and Screaming and Suburbia a chance before you get too old to appreciate them.

            The Hal Hartley films are more of an acquired taste, but I love them.

            The Oh in Ohio is very accessible and fun.

            • I’ll aim to make Suburbia my next Posey film.

              How is The House of Yes? Since it’s on Netflix, it’s one of the easiest Posey films to get access.

              I can’t say that I’ve seen any Mamet directed films before.

              In my attempt to try to figure out why Campbell Scott’s voice sounds so familiar, the only thing I’ve been able to come up with that makes any sort of sense is that he sounds a bit like Nick Offerman including inflections. Unlike Scott, I have seen a lot of Offerman’s TV and film projects to cause his voice to be stuck in my head. Am I crazy for thinking Offerman when hearing Scott?

          • I’ve never considered the Offerman/Scott connection. I’ll have to give him a listen.

            I did not love House of Yes at the time it came out, but I haven’t seen it since.

            Parker Posey isn’t in Suburbia very much, but I do love the film.

            I’m somewhat surprised at your reaction to Kicking and Screaming. Not totally, because that was how a lot of people reacted when it came out, but it has since found a huge audience and is seen as a little ahead of its time. Still, I can understand your critiques.

            I just can’t get over loving Josh Hamilton in that film.

            • I did like Josh Hamilton’s scene at the airport. A lot of emotion shown during that scene and I’d argue it’s the one time where I was emotionally invested in what was going on in the film.

              I’m not done with it yet, but my thoughts on SubUrbia will be a lot more positive than Kicking & Screaming. That young adult angst is still there, but everyone has that much needed personality to keep things interesting.

  6. Guys, not only did I ask for your Survivor questions last week then not do the episode, but I forget to do them THIS week. So sorry. Dino is getting tired of getting jerked around! I’ll address them on the next one.

  7. Apparently I dug The Daytrippers so much because my next Parker Posey film, Kicking & Screaming, just did not do anything for me. It’s an overly talky film that lacked the personality to keep things interesting. The five male leads were interchangeable for me. I had major issues telling them apart. They’re all so monotone without talking about anything of real value despite all of the post-college graduation angst.

    Maybe I’m completely mistaken, but was the college graduate Max (AKA Hair Guy #3) dating a sixteen year old?

    The one moment in the film where I was completely invested was when they played the game to try and come up with the names for all nine Friday the 13th movies. Ha

    For me, the film would have been stronger had it only focused on Grover and Jane’s love, separation, and difficulty in being apart.

    I’m not sure on what I’d give for a rating. It felt like most of the film, I was just waiting for it to finish. I seem to remember having a better experience watching The Squid and the Whale a few years back.

  8. Some extended thoughts on Suburbia aka Sal won’t shut up about Bee-Bee.

    So Suburbia was fun. It ended up being a little weird, especially the death tease near the end that ultimately felt rather…out of place?

    While watching the film, I began to think of a couple of films. I think it’s fair to say Suburbia feels like Kids with an older cast. It’s all about these young people that should be able to embrace all of the advantages they have in life, but instead indulge in self destructive behaviors. The other movie this reminded me of was an Australian film called 2:37. This is based entirely around Bee-Bee. 2:37 is a film about a bunch of teenagers that are so wrapped up in their own personal problems that they fail to notice the problems with the outsider girl. For Bee-Bee, she’s so alone. It’s heartbreaking really. In the movie, she’s always in the background and at various points, she has close relationships with three people that all let her down:

    Sooze – She’s supposed to be Bee-Bee’s best friend, but it took her how long to notice that Bee-Bee left? She doesn’t even bother trying to figure out if her friend is alright after meeting up with her again.

    Buff – We can only assume that thanks to Buff showing a little interest in Bee-Bee, she ended up going through with sleeping with him at the van (How romantic…) Yet, five minutes after they’re finished, Buff is flirting with Erica right in front of Bee-Bee.

    Jeff – Jeff is so caught up in his own drama, but Bee-Bee briefly feels comfortable enough to share some personal things with him. Naturally, Jeff promptly ignores her due to needing to complain about his usual issues and then busy himself with the never ending drama with Sooze and Pony.

    In the end, Bee-Bee dies all alone and frankly, even the audience have forgotten about her because the film ignores her just as the other cameras do. The same basic concept occurred in 2:37.

    For all of the other characters desires to be happy and to have a better life, they completely fail to help Bee-Bee. As depressing as this is, it’s also what I loved the most about the movie. The viewers are just as responsible for Bee-Bee’s death as the actual characters are. We knew that she had a drinking problem and was shown chugging the bottle, but we still shifted our thoughts to the “Bigger” dramas going on. None of those dramas truly matter though.

    I imagine that’s part of the reason why we get the Erica death tease. The script is making a fool out of the viewers for buying into this completely over the top idea when something far more believable is taking place and we’re not worried about it.

    Looking at the other characters, they’re all morons. Sooze is so annoying and comes across as a total fake. Tim is all talk and no real action. Buff is a fool in general. Jeff lives to complain. Pony is full of himself and frankly, I thought his song sucked. All of these people suck as human beings. Most of them are just wasting their lives away. Yet, they all have personalities, which draws all attention towards them instead of the normal Bee-Bee.

    I suppose that’s what the director is trying to say about life in the suburbs. Life is boring enough that to entertain yourself, one needs to create drama to not die of boredom.

    For the record, when I say all of the characters suck, that’s not a bad thing. I loved the movie, but I felt as if the characters were meant to be unlikable. Bee-Bee’s death wouldn’t have been as tragic had she been surrounded by decent and supportive people. For me, Suburbia is all about Bee-Bee, the one character that meant the least while you were watching the movie. That’s the same way I felt about the victim in 2:37.

    If there’s a moral to the movie, it’s to not be a self centered prick and actually pay attention enough to see if someone close to you is actually hurting. Not only would you feel better about your own life if you don’t just focus on the negatives, but it could save the life of someone else too.

    I’d give the movie a 9.5 with it now taking over as Parker Posey’s #1 film that I’ve seen. Not to mention I’ve only focused on things related to Bee-Bee in this post when nearly every character has moments of sympathy and unlikable moments too.

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