13 May 2000 | bjig101
A comic slur on the main character.
This film was not only a clarifying element for the writings of the author (i.e. unfiltered, acted out scenes from his novels), but a comic riff on him also. Bret Ellis, the man who writes about naieve, passive people, is ultimately portrayed in reality as having no more depth than any of his characters. Ellis himself is so naieve he doesn't even realize that this GREAT indie film is completely mocking him. Two years after filming it is realeased and Ellis publicly and naievely "disses" it at readings. The weaving of the story scenes around the scenes of his real life are the key to comedy. The subtle "dis" of Ellis' work "American Psycho" by author Jay McInerney is the sum of the theme of this work. If this film makes its way to an artsy small theartre near you, you'll know what I mean. If you are a Bret Ellis fan you'll love the little scenes from his works acted out, the parts in between (i.e. interviews with book reviewers, Jay McInerney, Ellis, American Psycho movie makers etc.), unfortunately, are just a catalyst to mix with the acted out scenes to "dis" Ellis in a naieve, passive way.