Sweet Suicide (1998)
from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
fortuitous meeting of a man who wants to commit suicide, and a woman
who is looking for a dying person who can deliver a message to her
departed boyfriend. He doesn't have the courage, so she agrees to help
The highlight of the
film is not the relationship that develops between them, but the two
dumb mechanics that she hires to kill him - with his permission, of
never do manage to kill him, but they do manage to hurt him a lot. My
favorite set piece in the film was The Death Chair. One of the two
mechanics manages to swindle a handicapped man out of his wheelchair,
and paints it with a skull and crossbones. Then they strap the
would-be suicide to the chair and push him off a cliff.
fails, but the mechanics are pleased to have failed, because murder is
such a gas that they can't wait to do it again. In the rest of the
film, they try means fair and foul to kill him, until they finally
accept the fact that he's changed his mind.
This is a zero-budget
independent film with a very witty script, in which the girl
vacillates between wanting him dead and wanting him to live.
||I guess the great
problem with indies is that they rarely manage to pull the whole thing
together. In this case, good script, mediocre everything else. I think
this could have been a top-notch comedy if the same script got a bit
of polishing and was filmed by professionals. As it is, it has
some great concepts and some great moments, but is really rough around
the edges. The direction can be imaginative and arresting, but it
isn't consistent. The performers have some good moments, and a lot of
It's only 78 minutes long, so it
doesn't overstay its welcome, and you
may enjoy it if you have a taste for offbeat comedies.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C.
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