Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Name is Bruce or Gimme Some Sugar Baby

My Name is Bruce (2007)
Director:Bruce Campbell
Writer:Mark Verheiden
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Grace Thorsen and Ellen Sandweiss

Bruce Campbell. What can a genre fan say that already hasn't been said about one of the stalwarts of the modern horror genre. Anyone who has followed the Evil Dead series or Sam Raimi's film career knows him quite well, and if you don't know who he is you are probably reading the wrong review right now. Recently Campbell released My Name is Bruce a film where he plays himself but is thrust into the role of hero like one of his films. This film is comedy gold but really only if you are a Campbell fan as there are so many in jokes that you really need to be well versed in the Campbell universe to get.
The plot consists of a few teens going to a graveyard to hook up with some Goth chicks and one is a huge Bruce Campbell fan and he unwittingly lets lose a demon/god that protects the dead Chinese and Bean curds. He kidnaps Bruce, who is filming a crappy B movie Cavealien 2 to save his town from the monster thinking he is like his characters in his films. Bruce though is a wise ass asshole who only cares about himself and what follows is just damn hilarious as you find Bruce trying to deal with a monster in his real life.
This was a great horror comedy with lots of great humor, I was bowled over too many times to count while watching this film. The direction by Campbell was great, and the writing by Verheiden was spot on and had lots of great in jokes. Bruce was great as always playing a sardonic asshole version of himself. Grace Thorsen who played Kelly Graham the mom of the kid who recruited Bruce was great too with great comedic timing and lots of sex appeal. Also Ted Raimi played three roles in this and was great in every one, be it Mill Bruce's agent, Wing the China man who proclaims doom for all or Luigi the population sign painter. Also, Ellen Sandweiss who plays Bruce's ex wife was great who was also in the original Evil Dead. But the real gems were Timothy Patrick Quill and Dan Hicks as the gun shop owners and gay lovers. You may recognize them from Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2 respectively.
This was just a fun as hell film and I can see myself watching this one repeatedly. If you are a Campbell fan I would highly recommend you seek it out.

This one gets 5 out of 5 stars.

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