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Hank and Mike
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by William Goss

"And You Thought The Eggs Were Rotten..."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2008 CINEVEGAS FILM FESTIVAL: As 'Hank and Mike' opens, the camera lingers upon a full-grown man dressed in a well-worn pink bunny suit, nodding off on an equally decrepit couch. In one hand, he holds a beer; the other, a couple of crumbled tissues; and upon his lips remains a lit cigarette. If your wee ones aren’t out of the room by this point, then just don’t pin any lack of trying on the part of director Matthiew Klinck.

This is our introduction to Hank (Thomas Michael), who, along with straight-arrow roomie Mike (Paolo Mancini), finds his pink ass handed a pink slip when one of the houses on their route is somehow skipped over come Easter morning. Between the fact that eggs are now being painted by machine instead of hand and the suit (Chris Klein) who is eager to cut back on the delivery staff for a holiday no longer living up to its fiscal profitability, these professional Easter bunnies now find themselves with all bills and no skills out in the real world.

Having been expanded from a fifteen-minute short of the same name to a full-fledged feature, it’s a mild marvel that Klinck, Michael, and Mancini sustain what is essentially a one-note joke – it’s basically Bad Santa, if a tad more fantastical and set in the spring – as well as they do. Once the novelty of adult men in bunny costumes cussing, and then the novelty of young children deprived of their chocolate behaving likewise, wears off, they find other touches to keep the humor going: there’s the “no child left behind” poster in the background of the Easter office, the corporate sponsorship of suicides (with camera crews ready and waiting), the tough-guy colleague who keeps insisting that it’s okay for him to constantly refer to people “retarded” because he “got a retarded brother,” the drunken ballad that includes lyrics such as “Love is like a hurricane/it happens in Florida…”

As standard-issue odd-couple foils for one another, Michael and Mancini do have a certain comfortable chemistry that may or may not have stemmed from having been worked together for the original short, but is nonetheless welcome. As the curmudgeon routine of one character in most films tends to upset the balance of laughs, it’s refreshing to now that Mike’s (initially) polite charms can hold their own against Hank’s (perpetually) filthy ‘tude. Klein, meanwhile, has never been so downright scheming, and Joe Mantegna’s wariness at his streamlined business logic as the head of Easter makes their modest subplot seem that much less superfluous.

By the end, there’s no big message or grand moral to justify all the irreverent antics; really, the whole thing is amusing and inspired enough that there doesn’t have to be. Chances are that you already know whether or not you’d get a kick out of 'Hank and Mike', and chances are that you won’t be disappointed should you opt to spare ninety minutes of your time for it. Just make sure that the kids aren’t around when you do.

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12/29/11 GabrielC Great movie. Dark humour at its quirky, funny best. 4 stars
4/05/11 Missyli This movie was brilliant. I highly recommend it. 5 stars
3/09/11 biznobar not for prudes. I really enjoyed the humor and concept 4 stars
6/03/10 NCross has it moments 3 stars
10/30/08 porfle This movie is delightfully funny. 4 stars
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  DVD: 28-Oct-2008


  DVD: 28-Oct-2008

Directed by
  Matthiew Klinck

Written by
  Paolo Mancini
  Thomas Michael

  Thomas Michael
  Paolo Mancini
  Chris Klein
  Joe Mantegna

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