Friday, September 12, 2008

Review: Coopers' Camera

I fully expected Coopers' Camera to be bad, but I had to see it because I am a true fan of The Daily Show, and it stars two of its correspondents, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, who co-wrote the script.

The premise behind Coopers' Camera is that Gord Cooper (Jones) bought the family a video tape recorder for Christmas 1985. Various family members recorded events of that evening, mostly youngest son Teddy, in a hilarious performance from 13-year old Dylan Everett. The video was later edited and the result is the film that you see.

The family puts new labels on the word dysfunctional. Rampant alcoholism, drunk driving, revelations that boys may have different fathers, neither of them being Gord, mannequin-romance, older brother Marcus used to be Tiffany, and Teddy even pays his cousin Heather to strip, $2 at a time. Basically, if you find it offensive, it's in there. A couple parts dragged here and there, but for the most part, they flung jokes at the screen pretty quickly.

The audience was pretty jazzed for this one, but the cast was pretty much all-Toronto (or at least all-Canadian). I wouldn't go out of your way for this one, but should it make to a theatre near you and you find yourself in need of some yuks, you could do worse. My imdb rating: 7/10.

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