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Inside Out (2005)
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by Erik Childress

"What A Godsend! I Meant The Movie, Not A Compliment."
1 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL: Few movies, if ever at film festivals evoke that wanton need to have somebody sitting next to you who understands the fundamental principles of knowing how and when to laugh at a movie. Many bad movies are released outside of the festival scene and invite their own pre-ordained ridicule. But others ease us into it and catch us off guard with how moronic the road that we travel seriously is. Absorbing it all by oneself is a frustrating blend of restrained laughter and a stomach-loosening ability to give loose moths in the theater a home with you agape jaw.

Inside Out borrows its trivialities from any number of suburban small-town thrillers (Consenting Adults, Unlawful Entry, Needful Things, Pacific Heights, even Godsend). Norman (Steven Weber) lives a serene, if oddly troubled existence on one of those movie suburbias where cars all leave their driveways the same time in the morning. His son, Obert(!) suffers from hydrophobia, he canít get it up for his wife (Nia Peeples) ("let it harden first - comes off easier that way" which actually refers to wax and get it) and whether the movie knows it or not, suffers from ADD (both simultaneously ironic attributes and detriments for an airline pilot.)

Arriving like a vampire in the middle of the night is Doctor Peoples (Eriq La Salle). And, yes, Doctor is his first name, changed I believe from Mister. Since this is the kind of place where neighbors all meet in the street to discuss things and impending divorcees live on the same block, they have rules like ďsilence after 7Ē which is violated when the good doctor mows his lawn at 2 in the morning. This drives Norman and his gambling-addicted friend, Frank (Russell Wong) to conduct some of the worst surveillance work this side of The Flintstones; following Peoples in the carpool lane and walking up to the side of his house night after night and listening to what seems like nefarious things happening in his basement. Trust me when I say that Mr. Furly had greater cause for concern.

No matter what kind of debauchery Dr. Doctor is performing under the privacy of his own home, it pales in comparison to what an unstable psychotic the Steven Weber character is. From the get-go with his constant cleaning and making Patrick Bergin-like reminders to his wife about dried wax, this is someone you donít want to keep an eye on; you want to get the hell away from him as soon as possible. And thatís just when he has hair. Inexplicably as an in-your-face metaphor of him losing everything including his sanity, Norman pulls a Natural Born Killers and shaves his head to the core. WHY??? How bad is this guyís social dilemma that he believes turning into Jeffrey Combs in From Beyond is the answer?

The ultimate mystery of Inside Out is no great mystery. It pretty much announces its secrets like a screaming banshee early on but then still treats the climactic rug-pull as some sort of shock. We already knew that. You told us. Plus, it doesnít exactly inspire parental confidence when one character would go through so much trouble only to pick up and leave just because itís the end of the movie. I donít know how any of the neighbors on the block can put on such a happy face in the final scenes. Was there not just a death of one of their own? Was there a murder or just the beginnings of a divorce? What about the illicit affair that seems to have in no way affected a marriage? Maybe the ďHell, invite her over, honeyĒ deleted scene will be on the DVD.

Suburban boredom is the kind of thing thatís been created by those who have never really lived in such an area or who seriously isnít comfortable living anywhere. American Beauty and Blue Velvet delved into the psychosis and hypocrisy of an isolated, complacent existence. But they were also satires just as Joe Danteís The ĎBurbs was. Parts of Inside Out could be taken as a nudge to the ribs of the suburbs. But thatís only a nudge and director David Ogden never announces his intentions with irony. This is a ridiculous, laughable thriller that will only sell extra tickets to those needing a laugh partner, since as Seinfeld said, its no fun making sarcastic remarks to strangers. Or new neighbors.

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User Comments

9/25/08 Jessica Pritchett I think those who say bad things about this movie have very bad taste in movies! Good job D 5 stars
9/11/07 August Gutting This movie made me want to hurt myself after wasting 100 and some minutes on it. 1 stars
7/28/07 Laney Go David Ogden!! You are amazing! 5 stars
7/16/07 jamww ummm, wierd, discombubulated and too dark...i mean the lighting, seriously. 1 stars
11/09/06 Ryan Jackson Comments like "Beyond Horrible" is objectivity morphed by ego. Unique movie! 5 stars
8/19/05 ALDO As long as this movie sucked, it may as well have sucked my dink. 1 stars
8/07/05 Logan Very unique heart was jumping out of my chest at the end. 5 stars
7/25/05 D Buckley It felt like a TV movie. 2 stars
7/20/05 Klondo Not as bad as everyone's saying. 2 stars
7/19/05 Joe M. "Obert" is a stupid name, and so is David Ogden. Sucked. 1 stars
6/30/05 Dumb Guy... movie for me, thanks EricDSnider Go David Ogden Go!!! 5 stars
6/30/05 John Lazo Beyond Horrible 1 stars
6/24/05 Rafael Gil Original to some extent, and good overall performance, specially the kid who plays Obert. 5 stars
6/21/05 Torrey Gage Brilliant! The story kept me guessing till the end. A unique film. 5 stars
6/19/05 john winters boring, predictable. Tries to be intriguing but fails miserably 1 stars
6/14/05 Leah Agus Awesome! 5 stars
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Directed by
  David Ogden

Written by
  David Ogden

  Eriq La Salle
  Nia Peeples
  Steven Weber
  Russell Wong
  Sanny Van Heteren
  Kate Walsh

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