Funny, trippy and swift
Dory (Marshall Allman) manages to get fired from his job as a data-programmer. Or perhaps ‘quitting it like he didn’t care’ would be a more accurate description. He becomes a newborn janitor, working the night shifts. Together with his colleagues, he also enlists in a marketing study that’s looking for people to try out new cookies. If you thought space-cake is something that can weigh a little hard on your stomach, then just wait until you get a load of these biscuits…
The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle is quite the oddity. It starts off as some sort of hyper-comedy, but grows progressively more absurd (yes you guessed it, those addictive cookies have something to do with it). As soon as Dory meets his new collegues, we are introduced to a motley crew of characters that have their own ways of filling up the lonely hours in the giant building, making the night a better place…. From sharing ridiculous philosophies on the rooftop to fucking each other’s brains out in empty office rooms. Booze & drugs, always a welcome addition during their escapades. Oh yes, this sure makes up for some hilarious scenes and witty dialogues. Writer director David Russo did well with his first feature film. There’s still room for improvement, no doubt about that, but let’s not hold that against him. The man has original ideas and a refreshing vision.
As soon as the side effects from eating too much of those questionably flavored cookies kick in, the film becomes even more amusing due to some very imaginatively orchestrated hallucination sequences. And I can assure you that the biggest side-effect – you may call it a mutation, if you like – really is an eye-opener. But around that time, the flaws of the film also become more and more clear. And these mainly are to be found in the story. The characters are indeed a weird bunch, but they don’t add much else to the film. And what they all try and do, along with the plot itself, doesn’t really lead to anything. There’s not much of a point to it all, except for some tepid opinions on corporate ways, the art community and some little side-jokes about other issues. In the end, it’s a charming & speedy comedy with bizarre ways that’s honest in not trying to be too clever. The tagged-on ending, showing that our band of misfits is pretty much heading off into a right direction with their lives, felt a bit sappy at first, but in the light of presenting us the movie’s final gag pay-off, it did work fine.
Visually, the film looks appealing because the CGI effects are great. The low budget did not restrain anything in this department. The rest of the cinematography didn’t really pack any punches (aside from the wonderful opening credits). As is the case with most indie-films, this one also features quite a bit of music (from various artists not signed to any major labels, of course). From raging death metal songs to moody post-rock tunes and some hectic hip-hop. It all adds to the crazy nature of The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle, so I can’t imagine the music bothering those who would seek out this film. The young and unknown cast did pull their weight together and all acting is on the same level, giving us enthusiastic & enjoyable performances. Natasha Lyonne – looking good and sounding sexy as ever – is the only face in the cast that might look familiar. Regular movie-goers will recognize her from the first two movies (amongst other mainstream productions), but to me she’ll always be the girl that splendidly followed up Reese Witherspoon in (acting alongside dubious arthouse actor Vincent Gallo, near the end of the film) and the rivalling female comic book store-owner Judy from (a charming neo-noir-ishly tinted black comedy, this time acting alongside Michael Rapaport). Okay, it’s clear I like Natasha Lyonne, sorry about that. I’ll just end this review now.