TIFF 2016 Movie Review: WEIRDOS (Canada 2016) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

weirdos_poster.jpgWEIRDOS (Canada 2015) ***
Directed by Bruce McDonald

Starring: Dylan Authors, Rhys Bevan-John, Francine Deschepper

Review by Gilbert Seah

Bruce McDonald (HARD CORE LOGO, THE TRACEY SEGMENTS) turns down the angst a little with his latest film penned by playwright and fellow filmmaker Daniel McIvor. The setting is the town of Antigonish in Nova Scotia on the 4th of July of 1976, the American Bicentennial. Music-loving 15-year-old Kit (Dylan Authors) spends his time either alone in his room listening to Elton John albums, or hanging out with his platonic girlfriend, Alice (Julia Sarah Stone).

Like Kit, Alice feels out of place, and her divorced parents have too many issues of their own to offer much comfort. The film pays tribute (or copies, depending on how one wants at look at it) from films like Woody Allen’s PLAY IT AGAIN SAM and John Schlesinger’s MIDNIGHT COWBOY. Andy Warhol appears at various points in the film, unseen by anyone except Kit giving silly advice to Kit which Kit never takes anyway.

This ploy by McIvor is remotely funny, but serves no purpose but provide a little humour. The beginning of the film feels like MIDNIGHT COWBOY together with the falsetto part of the song resembling “Everybody’s Talkin’ of me” by John Nilsson.

Throughout the entire film, one has the feeling McDonald thinks he is pretty cool and that his film is pretty cool stuff. It is a good thing he is a confident director, as his watchable film is inventive in certain places.

But the film is too weird, pretty much like its characters and all over the place.

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