Billed as an action/comedy the movie Crazy Famous takes you on a journey from a mental institute to tracking down America’s most wanted criminal. Mostly mindless, sometimes wacky, the story has a simple premise. That it had a bigger budget the film may have been more entertaining. If you like films that are silly and off beat, then this movie should be ideal. It’s now in release on VOD, Digital HD and DVD.
Growing up Bob (Gregory Lay) has had to face the ridicule of being driven by a mother (Catherine Curtin) and father (Tom Kemp) that wanted him to become someone important. His mother wanted him to become and actor, which he failed miserably at, and his father wanted him to excel in sports. But, one thing he did get out of all that was the determination to become someone famous.
Now an older twenty something, Bob is still doing some wacky stuff to get noticed. On one occasion he makes a feeble attempt to jump the fence at the U.S. President’s headquarters at Camp David. Getting caught may have been a downer for 99% of the population, but for Bob it’s the perfect chance to become “famous”. That is, if the President was on the premises, but he wasn’t. Instead of a big spread on the front cover of the New York Times, he gets carted off to the Montgomery Mental Institution when he tries to kill himself with a sharp object.
While at the psycho bin Bob has been put on suicide watch and even wears a special anti-suicide vest. In the general congregation room he meets Dr. Phil (David Neal Levin) an inmate that is so versed on medical information he thinks he’s a medical doctor. He’s so obsessed with it he often diagnoses the other inmates like Larry (Victor Cruz) who he feels has anger issues.
Then there’s Smith (Richard Short), an ex-CIA operative, who is at the institution because he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following a mission where he believes they did not kill Osama Bin Laden. He becomes the catalyst to set up an escape from the mental facility on a quest to find the real Bin Laden and kill him for the notoriety. Along with Bob, Larry and Dr. Phil, the four begin an adventure, each hoping it will cure their mental illness.
The story gets a little over-the-top and a bit silly, but director Paul Jarrett does keep a measure of control over his actors. Line delivery hurts the film as in most cases the dialogue seems that’s it’s being read from the script without any feeling. Most of the lines are stale, the comedy laughable instead of funny, and the circumstances farfetched. That said, a bigger budget would probably allowed at least B list acting.
There’s only a couple of cast members with a good measure of acting experience and they are in the smaller roles. Catherine Curtain, known for her role as Wanda Bell in Cable TV series “Orange is the New Black”, plays Bob’s mother. Her screen time may be all of 10 minutes. Even though she makes her character fun to watch it’s not enough to make the film a fun filled comedy.
Crazy Famous has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains abusive language and violence. It also has a scene of Dr. Phil’s bare bottom. If you are
FINAL ANALYSIS: Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, pun intended. (2 out of 5 stars)
Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Gregory Lay, Richard Short, Victor Cruz, David Neal Levin, Bob Jaffe, Jessica Renee Russell, Ajay Naidu, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Alexander Cendese, Tom Kemp and Catherine Curtin
Directed by: Paul Jarrett
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains violence, language
Running Time: 1 hr. 18 min.
Video Release Date: January 9, 2017
Original Theatrical Release Date: March, 2017
Distributed by: Gravitas Ventures
Released in: DVD, VOD, Digital HD