American Cannibal: The Road to Reality

American Cannibal: The Road to Reality (2006) movie poster

(2006) dir. Perry Grebin, Michael Nigro
viewed: 10/02/07

I am not sure what I read about this film that made me think to queue it.  I wasn’t even sure if it was a real documentary or a fake one.  I guess that matters.  Yes, watching this, I have to say that it matters.

The film, ostensibly, is about two would-be writers/producers, working their shill to find a show to make some headway in Hollywood.  Their riffing ideas lead them to a show that is a fake or “surprise” reality show in which people think they need to become cannibals to survive.  The whole thing is a disaster and never really finds realization.

It’s ripe fodder.  Reality television.  An oxymoron if there ever was one.  People put into false situations, all under the pretense of being themselves, all really in hope of becoming famous.  It’s a bizarre world, one which is, as I said, ripe for analysis and thrashing.  It’s something that culture is yet not finished with and so I don’t know that the story is yet fully ready to be told or understood.  Sure, it’s ready to be lampooned.

The film has the guerrilla style of a reality show itself.  It offers little intertitles that tell little facts that don’t really give more than the filmmakers might know at the moment.  There is no sense that this film has any bigger sense of itself and its closeness to self-parody keeps it from feeling like something that anyone should actually care about.

Actually, it suffers the worst crime of all…it’s boring.

What can be gleaned from this film, I leave for others.  I will glean nothing.

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