Not everybody will get the chance to watch this in theaters, sadly, what with its deserved NC-17 rating, but I managed to take it in today, and if you get the chance, I strongly recommend it. I pretty much loved this fucked up movie, and I think a lot of Chud types likely will too. It's a Double Indemnity-style noir, but filled with a cast of moronic redneck fuckups that feel like a crossbreeding of Coen Brothers and Rob Zombie ensembles.
It's the best Friedkin film in years. Decades. Paired with the same writer as Bug, they've bettered that film in about every way. The cast is exceptional. Emile Hirsch finally delivers a performance as strong as Into the Wild, and Juno Temple finally does something I'll remember at all. Thomas Haden Church is as funny as he's ever been, and Gina Gershon proves herself pretty much fearless. But the biggest surprise is that Matthew McConaughey isn't just good in this, he's fucking brilliant. An absolutely delightful performance, equally cool and horrifying, with just spectacular timing and fascinating left field line deliveries. It's on the level of something like Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.
It's a frequently offputting movie, especially an incredibly gruesome scene near the end involving fried chicken. It probably goes too far once or twice, or even WAY too far, but if you're not squeamish, this is a pitch black crime comedy that reminded me a bit of In Bruges. If you enjoyed that, you should check this out.
I'm honestly a little nervous about praising this so highly, considering how dirty it made me feel. Honestly, if this movie had a smell, it would the hot wafting aroma of anal warts. But it sure as hell surprised me more than anything else this summer.