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Rubin and Ed
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by The King of the Bros

"Can your cat eat a whole watermelon? I didn't think so."
5 stars

You know what I hate? Movies that have this whole "Oh my God, aren't we just sooo clever" attitude. Especially odd couple-ish movies. "Oh that's just so zany and silly, an ex-cop and a drag-queen, and then they become friends, because deep down, we're all the same." Ahh, Bullshit! That's not what this movie says, no sir. Instead of taking two characters that you "sympathize" for, it takes two of the most annoying, stupid and ignorant people ever and shows us what it's really like to be a worthless piece of shit known as a human being.

I fucking love this movie. Hell, the amount of money I paid to own it is too embarrassing to reveal. Let's just say too much.

Anyhow, Crispin Glover (remember George McFly, yeah remember Back to the Future, are you sure, okay then) plays Rubin, a loner who lives in a hotel room. All day long Rubin stays in his room as he mourns the loss of his only friend, his cat, Simon (whom he's got frozen in the icebox until he finds a proper resting ground). He listens to the same music that Simon listened to as he squeezes the squeeky toy that Simon once played with. Then one day his mother takes away his stereo and says that she'll give it back to him as soon as he makes a new friend and brings him home for dinner. Rubin is obviously in no mood to go out and socialize with people (hey wait, maybe he's not so ignorant) but then decides that he really must in order to get his stereo back.

Enter Howard Hesseman. He plays (duh) Ed. Ed is a loser and a loner. Only he doesn't want to be alone. He constantly calls his ex-wife (played to perfection by the ever lovely Karen Black) and tries to get back together with her. She of course isn't interested because Ed is a loser who makes 9 grand a year. So now Ed's enrolled in one of those self-improvement scams. Y'know, one of those ones where you chant shit and then give some guy with a bad toupee some of your hard earned money. The scenes with him at the seminars really punctuate just how meaningless his life is. But in a funny way, I swear.

So anyways, Ed has to recruit some new people for the seminar and of course he runs into Rubin. Ed tells Rubin he'll come by his house and then they'll go to the seminar. Now Rubin figures this'd be a great chance to make a friend and get his stereo back. Only when Ed goes to meet Rubin's mom, she's not there. After a long debate, Ed convinces Rubin to still go to the seminar. But of course Rubin steals Ed's car (and Ed) and takes his cat in a cooler to find a suitable place to bury him. And as we all know, the desert is the best place to bury a cat. So that's exactly where Rubin goes. The middle of the desert. And then the car breaks down and they're stuck in the desert with a frozen cat.

Crazy hi-jinks ensue.

That's all I'm gonna give you. It's slow. I mean Jesus, a good 3/4 of the film takes place in the desert and focuses on only two characters. But what I love is that they didn't take two polar opposite characters and put them together. They took Crispin Glover, (who basically plays himself) the long haired weirdo who lives in a hotel and fancies bellbottoms and platform shoes, and Howard Hesseman (who basically plays himself as well) as the hapless shcmuck who really has no clue about anything. In other words, they're both big dumbfucks. And man, dumbfucks rule.

Look, if you're one of those people that looks to be moved when you see a film, if you really want the filmmakers to say something profound, then Rubin and Ed is not for you. However, if you're a normal person and like to watch two assholes run around being, umm, assholes then this movie's for you. Asshole.

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originally posted: 12/23/99 13:51:45
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User Comments

12/21/07 Birgit I love that movie! I saw it so many times. It never gets boring! My friends love it too. 5 stars
5/20/06 klipper Meow... 5 stars
8/30/05 Nick Kraemer Another great flick by Trent Harris. Tragically, underated and overlooked 5 stars
7/28/04 Guy Two typical Utahns get together. Very funny 5 stars
7/12/04 matron this film keeps me alive 5 stars
10/04/03 Maris This this film is just great... a must see, especially if you're a Crispin Glover fan! 5 stars
9/03/03 Jmac you have to admit there is hair on your head 5 stars
6/28/03 eduardo cioffi one of the best comedies ever made 5 stars
6/05/03 geinfuq awesome movie one of my favorites 5 stars
4/20/03 stinky bum finger andy warhol sucks the big one 5 stars
4/02/03 rachel na 1 stars
4/01/03 rachel dumb 1 stars
3/29/03 Dylan i saw this movie about 8 years ago, and it's been in my head ever since. I MUST OWN IT. 5 stars
3/13/03 guy verry funny movie if you like offbeat humor 5 stars
3/02/03 Donna Reynolds Best buddy film ever. 5 stars
2/28/03 ben powell The best movie ever made! 5 stars
1/24/03 Shane Hunt About average people discovering and then overpowering their weaknesses. I LOVE IT!!!! 5 stars
3/20/02 Cletus Shoewater Man, my great-grandfather was king of the Echo People from 1908-1935. 5 stars
1/26/02 TxFilmMkr I've seen this movie dozens of times and it gets better every time. Mmm, cooler water. 5 stars
4/11/01 Johnny Eutah Of all the movies you've never heard of, this one is KING (of the echo people) 5 stars
3/14/01 joe what retards, they should be shot 1 stars
3/14/01 Jeff McAfee My sides ached from laughing my ass off by the time the end credits rolled. LOVE THIS MOVIE 5 stars
1/31/01 Perverted Pixie Hysterical and sweethearted. Glover is a dream- watch out for flying platforms... 5 stars
1/21/01 Renee Walkaway (*Someone else* thinks Andy Warhol sucks a big one?!!) 5 stars
11/08/00 Reena Schaller This is my favorite movie of all time. I still laugh out loud when I think about it!!! 5 stars
11/08/00 Jon Axt "Hey Wierdo!" Did you hear an echo? beyond brilliant man. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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