Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Small Film Filled With Bigfoot-Sized Laughs

By no means a brand new release (2006 actually), a recent airing on Encore had me hooked...

What caught my attention was the title "The Sasquatch Gang" but what held my interest was the way in which the absurdly funny film so thoroughly reveled in 80's pastiche while managing to tell a really poignant coming of age tale - sorta.

The film chronicles the adventures of a trio of misfits: two best friends in the midst of a burgeoning love triangle with a girl struggling with self-esteem. All of this plays out against the trio's discovery of several hoaxed bigfoot prints and a present.

Peopled with more absurd characters than ten Napoleon Dynamites, including Justin "I'm a Mac" Long (with a mullet), and featuring what has to be the most awkward kiss in the history of film, "The Sasquatch Gang" represents one of the funniest entries in this genre that seems to be dominating the market over the slicker, big star comedies of the past. You only have to look at the success of Superbad, Juno, and the like to see how this down-played hipster comedies have truly begun taking over.

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