AMERICAN REUNION Film4 9PM After suffering the ignominy of numerous sequels with none of the original cast, the gang finally back together here for a nostalgic return to gross-out
pics are out-grossing most competition at Spain's box office.
All of these flexible standards raise the central question: Whither the gross-out
? Certainly, the recent struggles of tastefully incorrect comedies -- "American Pie 2" figures to be scrutinized next when it opens Aug.
The really outrageous sexual humor is present, to be sure, but it has a certain dragged-in quality, as if the brothers had a gross-out
quota to fill and inserted the penile/rectal/vaginal gags, so to speak, wherever they could.
Other potential sore spots are the high level of political incorrectness, a payoff that requires passing knowledge of an American football star and a quirky cult musician and gross-out
humor -- trading on jokes about the disabled, cuddly animals and body functions -- that makes the Carrey vehicles look comparatively tame.
With a love for "Evil Dead" and Peter Jackson's early horror gross-outs
"Bad Taste" and "Dead Alive," Wirkola says his dream is to alternate between working in Los Angeles and his Norwegian hometown of Alta (pop.
What is interesting is that TWIB did this without many of the modern genre's tropes: it is most certainly not torture-porn and does not contain 'gross-outs
' (a la Hostel or The Human Centipede); it did not utilise 'shaky-cam' techniques or 'found footage' (a la The Last Exorcism or Quarantine) and the story is deceptively simple and traditional.
But, of all the modern horror sagas, this one is always guaranteed to give you frights and gross-outs
Actors will be hired to shoot mock videos -- of car rental employees wiping their noses on steering wheels, hospital orderlies ridiculing unconscious patients, pilots mixing martinis in the flight deck, sausage workers introducing bodily fluids into the kielbasa -- and tens of millions of dollars will be spent on training programmes to show top executives how to respond to gross-outs
, all because two members of Team Domino got bored one day and had a funny idea.
Between the Farrelly gross-outs
and homages to the old Animal House-style comedies, there is a plot of sorts.
What other tiny gross-outs
thrive on or in your body?