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Chili's Blues
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by Chris Parry

"At least it didn't cost much to make."
2 stars

A little French Canadian flick that might have played out better as a stageplay than a film, this one-set talky features Roy Dupuis as a vacuum cleaner salesman stuck in a train station with two hundred other people – one of which is Chili, a seriously messed in the head schoolgirl (Lucie Laurier). Chili has a gun in her mouth in the gents washroom and our vac-seller just stumbled in on her as she was looking set to pull the trigger… he thinks.

When he runs out for help, the girl makes her escape, leaving all others in the station to assume that Roy’s lost his marbles. Truth be told, he thinks they might be right… until an attractive girl comes forward and admits to him that it was her. Uncomfortable age difference-riddled sexual innuendo ensues.

Across North America, most don’t know the name Roy Dupuis, unless they happen to watch the old cable series, Nikita, where he played Nikita’s supervisor and lover. Perhaps far more comfortable in French, Dupuis is a pretty stiff actor, especially in English language productions. Here that stiffness works well for him, but it also stops him from putting across the internal madness that could really sell this story. Laurier too looks unable to truly find the method to the madness displayed by these two, and that’s what holds the whole production back. It’s not the fault of the actors, at least not entirely – these characters are totally two dimensional and mostly detestable. Chili may be a hottie, but she’s also the kind of hottie you’d walk away from after five minutes because she’s a fucked unit.

A liar, a sulker, a non-stop talker, an activist in voice if not action, Chili is one of those lightly read folks who think they know it all and nobody else knows a damn thing. When she tells Roy “Well we both know which one of us lives in Westwood” (a wealthy part of Montreal), his response is one where he seethes with hate for this girl, for three seconds, then loves her again. To me, the response is neither of those – she’s just a twat who needs a kick up the arse or a damn good cubicle rogering. But take her home? Not if I wanted to keep the silverware.

If school uniforms tweak your twinkie, by all means get your fill with this flick, but if you’re looking for anything beyond mindless and momentary thrills (unlike these characters), you’re better off watching a Bow-Flex infomercial.

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4/03/06 Carl This film was a great flick on several levels! 5 stars
5/25/04 Alicja Since I 've seen this movie, it's became my favourite 5 stars
4/28/03 it's me u idiot I thought it was excellant, Chili's pretty hot looking 5 stars
3/30/03 james g none 4 stars
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