Rapture-Palooza

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Posted June 9, 2013 by in

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3/ 5

Quick Stats

Director: Paul Middleditch
 
MPAA Rating: R
 
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, John Francis Daley
 
Length: 85 minutes
 
Release Date: 6/7/2013
 
Studio: Mosaic Media Group, Mimran Schur Pictures
 
 
What We Thought

Funny, low-budget quickie showcases Craig Robinson’s comedic talent.

by Daniel Hodgson
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Rapture-Palooza delivers the irreverence of Life of Brian or The Holy Grail by way of a raunchy stoner comedy.  Fundamentalists need not apply.
     The Rapture finally happens while Lindsey (Anna Kendrick) is at the bowling alley.  One minute, she bowls a strike; the next, half the people on Earth are taken up to Heaven.  The other half, including Lindsey, her boyfriend Ben (John Francis Daley), and her family are left behind to suffer.  Locusts nip at their ankles, and blood rains from the sky. Wraiths kills thousands (when not trying to score some pot).  And the Anti-Christ, who is a man named Earl from Idaho, becomes the President.
     Ben’s father (Rob Corddry) takes them to the new White House, which has been moved to Lindsey’s home town of Seattle, to get his son a job (seeing as how a meteorite smashed the couple’s sandwich cart).  However, Earl (who prefers to be called “The Beast”), takes interest in Lindsey, and proposes a quickie behind the bushes.  Lindsey declines, telling him she’s never been with anyone before.  The Beast (Craig Robinson) wants to make their first time special (meaning no you-know-what), and proposes marriage to her on the spot—or he’ll kill everyone she loves.  He gives her eight hours to think about it.
     To save the world (not to mention Lindsey’s chastity), Lindsey and Ben come up with a plan involving getting the presidential Wraith-guards high, and putting Roofies in the Anti-Christ’s cocktail.  Part of the plan, however, also entails a very awkward date between virginal Lindsey and The Beast himself.
     As a comedy, Rapture-Palooza delivers its own laughs.  Unlike other comedies as of late, it isn’t about celebrity cameos, pop culture references, or spoofing well-known movies.  Rapture-Palooza sticks to its premise; making the prophesied end-of-the-world look down-right silly.  If you’ve ever gotten into it with some jerk in the parking lot, that happens here with crows, whose “Ca-Ca!” are replaced with foul (and funny) curses I won’t repeat here.  A locust, bearing an exaggeratedly angry face, screams “Suffer!” at Corddry, but it’s an empty taunt from such a tiny creature.
     Kendrick plays it straight to Robinson’s comic foil, allowing him to let loose with uninhibited, raunchy humor.  Robinson woos her with, “I cannot imagine a more perfect receptacle for my evil seed than you.”  The dialogue is crammed with funny lines like this.  Rapture-Palooza is one of the funniest pure comedy of the year so far, second to Peeples, and they both have one thing in common:  Craig Robinson.
     As a comedy, there are a lot of laughs here.  However, as a production, the whole thing looks half-assed.  The special effects are crude—no better than they need to be to get a laugh, and the movie comes off as lethargic from a too-often static camera. We’re here to laugh, but no one wants to pay evening prices for something that looks this cheap.
     But again, it’s funny enough to worth the time.  In other words, be watching for this one to come out on Redbox.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.

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