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Bad Milo!– Movie Review

Submitted by on September 21, 2013 – 4:57 pmOne Comment

The animal nature of man has been well explored in art and science. Everything from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Breaking Bad has questioned whether men are just violent, primal creatures hiding under a thin veneer of societal respectability. But to my knowledge, no one before had depicted this duality with a little monster who comes out of a guy’s butt. Bad Milo! does just that, using an absurd premise to create a funny, meaningful movie about an average guy dealing with the slings and arrows of life. Bad Milo! may not be a major accomplishment, but it is a very enjoyable genre-bending film that highlights plenty of talent.

******SPOILERS AHEAD**************

Duncan (Ken Marino) has a lot of stress: though he’s an accountant, his d-bag boss (Patrick Warburton) just put him in charge of layoffs; the FBI is investigating his company’s mysteriously vanishing funds; he’s older than his mom’s new husband, who wants Duncan to call him Dad; his mom brought a pushy fertility doctor to dinner because she wants grandkids; his wife wants kids; and he hasn’t spoken to his own father in years. Duncan spends 90 minutes a day in the bathroom thanks stress’ effects on his stomach, and now the doctor says he’s got a polyp in his butt. Instead, it turns out to be a little monster (Milo) who bursts out whenever Duncan gets angry, killing the source of his anger.

So basically, it’s like The Incredible Hulk, but with a little anus gremlin instead of a big green dude. (The movie even pays homage to the connection: at one point, Duncan is watching TV, and we can hear someone say “Please don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”)

Solid performances that rarely veer into forced comedy help sell this campy, low-budget romp. Marino is excellent, proving he can carry a film and play the straight man, even after making a name for himself with insensitive, bumbling jock types. Warburton is pitch perfect as a criminal executive; he is soft-spoken and squinty-eyed as usually, but hilariously playful at the most inappropriate times. Gillian Jacobs gives the movie heart as Sarah, Duncan’s supportive wife, who is legitimately concerned, confused, and terrified; and Mary Kay Place, Peter Stormare, and Stephen Root all turn in sympathetic performances that only occasionally push too hard for laughs. (And hey look, it’s Garrett from Community!)

Bad Milo! is soaked in blood and rectum jokes (Marino finds a way to make each expulsion and re-entry unique), but it’s not afraid to be serious either. When Duncan, overwhelmed by the horror he’s caused and the obstacles he faces, walks out on Sarah after learning she’s pregnant, the scene is played as straight as any domestic drama.

The movie bills itself as horror comedy, but really won’t satisfy those with a true craving for scares. It has a few moments of gross-out shocks, but otherwise, its more of a comedy with a few incredibly gross, bloody scenes.

Did you see Bad Milo!? What did you think?


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