In small-town Alabama, Zeke & Earl scramble to cover up the unlikely (and, in most states, highly illegal) events that led to their friend's death, as they try to dodge their families, the cops, and one horrified medical examiner.
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The reviews on this film are deceiving and varied. My guess is it's because it's a difficult film to review. It's a very dark comedy hidden beneath a thick veil of sincerity. That's where the audience gets lost. It is a very well crafted film around a bizarre subject. It's beautiful to watch, textured and true to life cinema with subtle nuanced humor. There were scenes so well crafted that I had trouble sitting still for them. I found myself wanting to look at my phone, that's actually because it is really, really well made. I don't normally review a lot of films but seeing that there were 1 star ratings I couldn't help but write something, it is so far from 1 star that I had to add my own review. I would suggest you watch it with the understanding that it may make you uncomfortable, which it should, but it is funny and well made. Just don't get lost in the sincerity.
This movie is about three men who have sex with a horse and one of them dies as a result of it. But nothing in the trailer or the info about it will tell you that. I am so angry that I wasted my money on this lackluster, boring, completely disgusting piece of crap that I am very seriously considering cancelling my Prime membership. I didn’t appreciate the “prank on the audience” as I’ve seen it described. I absolutely despised this and so did everyone watching it with me. If you’re going to make a movie revolving around men practicing bestiality for fun and charge consumers money for it, you should be up-front about it. Never would I have watched this if I had known the whole plot basis was the sexual abuse of an animal. What a rip off.
This is a bizarre movie that should not be tried to make sensical. The only thing that is stranger than the plot of this movie is that someone wrote it and actually got it made into a movie. Writers have obviously run out of ideas for movies.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019
I am from Alabama and me and my friends thought it was hilarious. Bumbling backwoods rednecks have a boys night out that gets way, WAY out of control and every attempt they make to cover it up just makes it worse. The supporting women in the cast are phenomenal. Look at the Zeke's wife when the hears the truth: she goes from almost laughing to devastated and every emotion in between (should have gotten a Best Supporting Actress nod). Then there's a seen-it-all lady sherriff and her not-too-observant "new girl" deputee assigned to the case and they are a hoot! The movie is a fairly accurate and affectionate look at backwoods Alabama and the ne'er-do-wells who live there. Their mannerisms and interactions are priceless and funny, but beneath the zany bromantic antics of these men-children there is a sadness, a defeated self-loathing and resignation to a life that will probably never amount to much. The cause of Dick's demise hits like a bomb and its really too bad someone spoiled it in a review. Suffice it to say you can understand what might lead people might do something without accepting or condoning it. The deputy sums it up best: "People sure can be inscrutable on their insides, huh?"
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
We rented this since the trailer made it look like a hilarious dark comedy. False advertising! The plot isn't funny, the early twist is grotesque and juvenile (and not even original, it rips off a decade-old "news of the weird" story), and the characters are too stupid and unpleasant to inspire much sympathy or care what happens to them. Giving it two stars because the cast did a surprisingly decent job with such poor material, but in the end we felt like we got trolled and wasted 2 hours.
This film is basically about TRAUMA, and in one way or another, every character demonstrates some indication of having experienced it. The main character, Zeke, was played to perfection and the role demonstrated the effect of trauma, one way a person compensated for that trauma, and then the further trauma of being discovered to have been engaging in a behavior to cope with trauma that was humiliating and utterly marginalizing. I understand how people can find themselves triggered by the film, but I agree with one of the other reviewers that to take the film at face value seems, to me also, to be missing the point. The film worked very well for me. The characters were played so well and, for me, so sympathetically, that I wanted to continue to get to know them, to understand them, and to learn more about their stories. I wanted to help them. The film was, I think, a commentary on how much of what is right in front of people tends to be avoided, and that all of us hide our most personal desires, our most vulnerable and embarrassing psychological parts from virtually everyone, because it doesn't feel even remotely safe to do otherwise. So, we live double lives in one way or another, although usually not in exactly the same way. We each find our own way to do it, but we all do it, generally speaking, in my opinion, to one extent or another. My own way of entering into the story (SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!) is the idea that the three friends, Zeke, Earl, and Dick, loved one another, and felt the closest to each other out of all of the adult relationships they had available to them. How to express intimacy, love, and vulnerability toward one another? The situation of some kind of shared, utterly taboo object of common desire allowed them to share a private world together, cut off (dissociated) from the rest of their lives, and that dissociation was enhanced by alcohol and drugs. and also by their identification with one another as the distinct entity of a "band" - aptly named "Pink Freud." But the object of their intimate emotional and sexual desire - one they could share in together - felt less dangerous than sharing their need for intimacy with one another as the objects of those desires. So this need for one another was transferred onto the animal, and became a template for their desire for one another, though they were not actually "homosexual," as such. The need for companionship and love, and for intimacy, transcended the area of sexual orientation, but was still hampered by it. It felt safer to share the animal, because at least they weren't "gay." To have feelings for one another felt even more taboo than having feelings for a horse. That was the irony. The horse was safer emotionally. To question their emotional and even sexual interest for one another would be more frightening to their sense of identity, even though, as I mentioned, in my opinion, from what was depicted I would say the film maker was indicating that they were not, actually, gay. But, as Freud pointed out, all people have bisexual potential, from birth, and this continues through the lifespan. The film makers, in choosing an animal, deliberately transcended the circumscribed areas of sexual identity labels, and went instead for the real issue, which is the co-existing desperation for intimate connection, and the terrorizing threat of exposure and vulnerability this brings with it in human relationships. This is the focal point, dramatized so starkly, that the audience is invited to identify with, each of us in our own way. Or not, if we prefer not to "go there" ourselves. If we won't, we won't feel anything but disgust. Otherwise, we may feel embarrassed and revealed, but we will also be able to feel compassionate. Much like Christ and the woman caught in the act of adultery, and each of us being asked if we can justify throwing the first stone. This was the point, I think, of the shots of the church slogans around town. So, getting drunk together and having a focus for their secret selves, which they made into their own world together, symbolizes very dramatically what is otherwise comprised of the variety of ways that people use substitutions to get their needs "met," in ways that don't fulfill those desires truly. This leads to a disordered life, lies, addiction, terror, pain. Whether it involves bestiality, or any of the ways that people act out the same pattern, but in less socially horrifying ways. But, think about how different that same town would have been only 50 years ago, as far as how many of the same people and situations that were depicted as "normal" would have raised the same ire and disgust as having sex with a horse does today. Interracial relationships. Lesbian marriages. Divorces (not depicted, but likely to be the result of the situation). Some people get a "pass," others are demonized for how they try - desperately- to get their needs met. Needs they often can't adequately explain to themselves, or to anyone else. They are as much victim to those imposing needs as are those who are impacted by their secret activities. I think this was the point the film makers were trying to make. The film was so well crafted, and so well directed, in my opinion. I don't think they would have put that much into it if they were trying for cheap ways of upsetting an audience, or just trying to make a joke out of a strange situation (bestiality), which does continue to occur, and which is probably more widespread than is commonly recognized. That's not meant as an endorsement of the behavior, just meant to point out that real people find themselves in situations that would be just as devastating, and it's easier to think of "us" as the "good" people and "them" (whoever they are) as the perverts. We're all in glass houses, and our lack of compassion usually demonstrates how little we take account of the fact. Which also calls for compassion. I don't think the film tried to demonize anyone. Just showing people as we are, thinking we're on one side of the fence or the other. No doubt, some behaviors may be objectively more disordered than others - but the real point of the film I think is how much of ourselves do we dare see in the desperation and dysfunction and needfulness and mental density presented, or at least with the self-satisfaction and self-righteousness also visible in the cast of characters depicted in the film. Anyway, if you can brace yourself for the topic matter, I think it's a valuable and very well made product.
I've never watched a movie so disturbing. The situation involving a horse is terrible. We watched based on Rotten Tomatoes and Flixter reviews. What a mistake! How many great movies have we missed listening to them? Ugh... What a waste of money. Do not watch this!