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Broken Lizard's Club Dread

MPAA Rating: R for violence/gore, sexual content, language and drug use
Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Mature Teens and Adults
Genre:
Comedy, Suspense/Horror and Thriller
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2004
USA Release:
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Featuring: Bill Paxton, Kevin Heffernan, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Producer: Lance Hool, Richard Perello
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “the dark-comedy from the warped minds that brought you Super Troopers / Born Peter Jacob Wabash to Mormon missionaries in 1954, Pete was raised under the strictest confines. Drugs, alcohol, music, dancing, and speaking above a whisper were vehemently forbidden in the Wabash household. But outside influences couldn’t be kept away for long. When young Pete heard a 5 second snippet of “Never My Love” by The Association, coming from a passing 18-wheeler, he was smitten by the siren song of Rock And Roll. He packed up his meager belongings, stuck out his thumb, and ended up 4 weeks later in the Haight/Asbury district of San Francisco.

It being 1971 however, Pete had missed the boat on the music scene. Being surrounded by the dregs and burnouts of that scene did manage to imbue Pete with a sense of the psychedelic, and within a year, he had founded the Speed-Folk quintet The Ice Cream Quarterly, and independently released the album Starspace/Headspace. But internal tensions tore The Ice Cream Quarterly asunder, and Pete found himself destitute on the beaches of Los Cabos in the Baja of Mexico. Inspired by the laid-back, marijuana-laden, toes-in-the-sand, zeitgeist, Pete reinvented his sound.

Thus was born “Coconut Pete and the Pirates,” pioneers of the mellow island strain of folk-rock. Listeners have been drinking too much tequila and slurring the feel-good lyrics of Coconut Pete ever since.

Surrounded by limber, wanton women on a booze-soaked island resort owned by Coconut Pete (Bill Paxton), a rock star has-been. But the non-stop party takes a turn for the weird when dead bodies start turning up faster than you could drink a rum punch.

Everyone begins to look suspicious. Could it be Sam (Erik Stolhanske), of the Fun Police brigade, who is quick on the trigger with his tequila loaded super-soaker; Jenny (Brittany Daniel), the over-sexed fitness instructor; Juan (Steve Lemme), the flamboyant diving instructor with a secret third-world past; Putman (Jay Chandrasekhar), the bratty-British tennis coach/fanatic; Dave (Paul Soter), the ecstasy-crazed, adopted nephew of Coconut Pete; or the burly masseuse (Kevin Heffernan) blessed with a creepy “touch” that can render anyone into instant Jell-O?

Can the inhabitants of Pleasure Island unite, solve the mystery and restore happy hour to this tropical bacchanal?”

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Comments from young people
Positive—Club Dread was exactly like the Scary Movie series or Scream. I really enjoyed Club Dread. So far this year I think that this is the best comedy/horror. I have seen other movies by the Broken Lizard team and have thought all of them are hilarious. Yes, Club Dread does have some objectional material. There is some strong language and one instance of full frontal male nudity. The violence, although, played for laughs, is very violent and gruesome. I would recommend this movie to ages 16 and up if you can handle some objectional content. Also, if you liked Super Troopers or Scary Movie 1 or 2… you will love this movie.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive/4½]
—Jordan, age 16
Movie Critics
…This sex-and-slasher film has no virtues whatsoever… a lot of gruesome, mildly gory violence…
—Alan Boyer, Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…For those who like giggles with their gore, the very silly Club Dread provides a fitfully amusing distraction…
—Megan Lehmann, New York Post
…Club Dread is a trifle of a comedy, but one with enough wit to register on the guilty-pleasure scale…
—Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
…a disappointingly routine horror movie spoof…
—Dave Kehr, New York Times
…Perverse… Abhorrent… filled with sex and drugs… homosexuality glorified… virtually unending violence…
—Eddie Turner, Movieguide