Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Steve Little, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Arden Myrin, Eric Wareheim, Ray Wise, Kurt Fuller, Jack Plotnick, Roxane Mesquida
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Duke (Mark Burnham) is a cop, but only in name. He spends most of his time selling drugs, actually and harrassing people. But that’s actually something he has in common with his colleague Renato (Eric Wareheim), while Sunshine (Steve Little) is just looking to get money and Rough (Eric Judor) wants to hit it big in the music business. Shriley (Arden Myrin) would also like some extra cash. The attempt to dispose of an accidentally shot body tangles all of the together.
I like Dupieux movies in all their weirdness and I did like Wrong Cops, though it hits a few false notes and certainly doesn’t reach the height of Wrong.
The things that I loved the most about this movie were pretty much all connected to the music. First, there was unashamed but self-ironic plugging of Mr Oizo’s music (who is none other than Dupieux himself) with all the self-aggrandizing and the self-bashing that came with it. Plus, I did like the music itself. And I thought that Rough’s attempt in the music business were entertaining as fuck, especially in the culmination with the dead body storyline (which in itself was already hilarious).
I also liked the references to the other Dupieux movies – Roxane Mesquida’s short cameo as much as Jack Plotnick’s (dammit, Plotnick – especially in that role – just somehow melts my ovaries. I can’t really explain it, but I wouldn’t mind having it in every movie). Not to mention that Duke himself made his first appearance in Wrong.
But it’s not all sunshine and roses, unfortunately. Some of the things go bad and when they go bad, they go very bad. Like the plot line with Renato who repeatedly sexually assaults women – or tries to. Or the ableist joke and the few moments that smacked very much of homophobia.
But if you’re willing/able to overlook that and are generally into absurdities, you really shouldn’t miss this film. Though better yet, watch Wrong (again).
Summarizing: I liked it, over all.