Saturday, June 26, 2010
On-Demand: MADE IN CHINA --Judi Krant & Dan Sumpter's shaggy dog tale
Slinky to the Pet Rock -- and how these are created and marketed, then MADE IN CHINA may be the film for you. Even if you don't give a rat's ass, there's still some odd fun to be had from this very DIY-looking piece of low-definition video from co-writer/
director (her first film) Judi Krant (shown below) and newcomer co-writer/co-star Dan Sumpter (who is indeed sumpin!). What the movie lacks in star quality (a rather one-note performance from lead actor Jackson Kuehn, although that note is not without its occasional charm) and glamor (DIY has rarely looked cruddier), it somewhat makes up via the goofy and bizarre.
darin. (Yes, but you will have to see and hear it to believe it).
I wish Made in China were better. Even at 87 minutes it seems too long, relying on lazy charm and situation to do the work that better plotting, dialog and craftsmanship might have managed more smartly. But it's still fun and different. And yes, as you'll suspect as the movie meanders along, you're going to have to wait until almost the end to discover what that humorous-domestic-hygiene-product entails.
IFC-On-Demand, where it will screen for another three months. To check its availability in your area,
simply click here.