Director: Jacob Vaughan
Writer: Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes
Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare
Part of: /slash Filmfestival [Though I got so drunk during Sharknado that during the Festival proper I barely saw anything of the film and had to re-watch it later.]
Duncan (Ken Marino) has stomach issues which are only made worse by an unwanted promotion, his family’s pressure to have kids with his wife Sarah (Gillian Jacobs) for which he feels entirely unready and the therapist (Peter Stormare) Sarah mostly talked him into seeing. But the stress really only starts when he finds out that his stomach issues are actually a demon living in his bowels.
Bad Milo! was nice but it didn’t blow me away. It had some funny moments but mostly it just kind of ambled along and didn’t move me much in any direction.
What I did like about the film a lot was the choice of metaphors. Ultimately it’s a daddy issue movie where Duncan comes to terms with maybe being a father and with the problems he had with his own father by coming to terms with the literal demon that haunts him. It was a fun way to go about the whole thing and the movie generally didn’t lack a sense of humor.
But I have to admit that I didn’t connect so deeply with the topic because it just isn’t my issue. I think if you have problems with your parents and you are afraid to end up like them in some way, there will be more emotion involved in watching this film. My parents are awesome and I’m lucky if I end up like them, so I couldn’t help but watch this film with more distance.
That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have fun. Espescially Peter Stormare cracked me up everytime he came on screen. He and his bird. And I did like the creature design, too. Towards the end it might get a little too crazy for a bit, but it’s not too much to really jolt you out of the film.
In short, it’s one of those films that you like while you watch and that you’ll probably never see again. In a few years time, I’ll probably forgotten that I saw it at all. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch it.