Bad Milo! (2013)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Metaphorical Poop Joke

You don’t know originality until you see the most bizarre movie that couldn’t have been thought up by a sober mind. Those Duplass brothers produce some of the weirdest movies, but what can you say? It’s their forte, it’s what they are comfortable with. You can at least call it brave when movies like this come out. Bad Milo! will confuse the living daylights out of you, but you will have a hard time pressing stop. There’s just no way you can watch this film without wondering how it will end.

When Ken (Ken Marino) is diagnosed with a “thing in his butt”, he just doesn’t know what to make of it. When rabid raccoon attacks start killing people that Ken doesn’t like, Ken starts to realize that the “thing in his butt” is a giant monster that lives in his butt and escapes to kill people every now and again. Ken cannot kill it, his therapist (Peter Stormare) suggests, as ancient lengend says this beast is symbiotic to Ken. If it dies, Ken turns vegetative. So when his wife, Sarah (Gillian Jacobs), learns that she is pregnant, Ken’s fear of fatherhood manifests in Milo (the butt monster), and Ken may have to do the unthinkable to stop his demon.

This is the weirdest movie I have ever seen in my entire life. The entire movie is a giant metaphorical poop joke. Who thinks up a movie about a monster living in one’s butt? Sure, Jim Carrey had a butt monster in Ace Ventura, but it was just a joke, this was real. The rest of the humor in the film was heavy on the awkward and random humor. It’s like every single joke in the film was just randomly thrown in there on the half chance it would be effective. Honestly…it was. There were quite a few jokes that were so off-the-wall random that you can’t help but laugh. So keep that in mind. If you are not a fan of random humor, screwball comedy, or poop jokes of any kind, stay far, far away from this flick. If you like these things, then do I have a movie for you!

The “moral of the story”, if you can call it that, had something to do with a father and son relationship…but the moral of the story just comes off as a plot point…not something important. The film is also relatively predictable. You’ll see what I mean if you end up watching the flick. There is one moment in the film, a developing point if you will, where a thought will immediately pop in your noggin. You’ll say…I know exactly what’s going to happen…and to tell the truth you’ll probably be right. So from that point on, the entertainment level diminishes, because it relied pretty heavily on its unpredictable randomness to progress the film.

I don’t know how, but the filmmakers of Bad Milo! were able to lock in quite a few recognizable names in the cast. Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Peter Stomare, and Stephen Root to name a few.

Let me try to make the point brief. Bad Milo! is the film for you if you have a very open sense of humor, and don’t mind poop jokes, random humor, awkward humor, or screwball comedies. It may be a lot to ask of people to match that description though, and if you don’t…you’re just going to hate the movie. It’ll be a disgrace to movies everywhere. I won’t say the movie’s all that great, but I will say that it has its place for a very small group of people. Overall, just skip this one.


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