American Animals (2018)

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Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.


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3 April 2021 | ninjawaiter
5
| Idiots Doing Idiot Things for Idiot Reasons
Never has the above line from Sterling Archer been more appropriate.

Did you ever wonder what would happen if a bunch of idiot stoners actually managed to summon the follow-through to carry out one of the utterly moronic plans they come up with while getting high?

No?

Yeah, no one actually asked for this film, but here it is nonetheless.

That having been said, it's actually a well-told tale of a bunch of idiots with an utterly stupid plan carried out in the most moronic and incompetent way possible. The semi-documentary style, blending interviews with the actual guys who did it with the narrative film worked pretty well for me.

The real problem is that it's just not that interesting to watch idiots do idiot things for idiot reasons. The best reason any of these fools can come up with for why they wanted to do it is "to find out what would happen if they did it in real life." The answer, a big surprise to no one but them, is: "7 years in federal prison."

As for their plan itself, it was never anything but terrible, and at no point watching them plan it out will the audience think for a second that it ever could have succeeded. As I stated before, this is the kind of plan conceived by idiot stoners while high, that any sober witness, or the stoners themselves once they sober up, will immediately realize is utterly stupid. Apparently these four were just so perpetually high or naturally brain dead that they couldn't see the stupidity that even most ten year olds would have recognized almost instantly.

So we watch a bunch of idiots bungle through planning the dumbest heist in history, then manage to completely botch even their own idiot plan, and everything pretty much plays out exactly as you'd have expected from the beginning of the film. Maybe it would have worked better if it had been written as a comedy, but told as a heist/drama, it's just boring and kind of dumb, despite being well-put-together.

It gets 5 stars as an "Eh, it passed the time," but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and I expect it'll be instantly forgettable, the kind of film I'll stumble across in a few years and won't remember I watched until I look up my IMDB rating of it.

As a final note, the story behind this film does provide definitive proof that going to college and being successful there is in absolutely no way an indicator of intelligence. Plenty of smart people go to college, but then, so did these morons. Education and intelligence aren't even correlated, let alone related.

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Details

Release Date:

14 August 2018

Language

English, Dutch


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,793 3 June 2018

Gross USA:

$2,856,954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,080,073

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