FtL 210 – Hollyweird

Melissa George teams up with some hip young Los Angelenos to catch a murderous psychopath, who is literally impaling people because he misses some ponies. Can the gang catch him with just a handi-cam and the power of free association? Yes. Yes they can.

The year is 1998 and the world has recently discovered ironic detachment. Scream 2 is but a fading memory, and Scream 3 is still a glimmer in Courtney Cox-Arquette’s eye. Somebody had to fill that gap.

In steps Shaun Cassidy, Failure to Launch’s favourite snow globe enthusiast-cum-director, with another of snow-globe filled romp. It’s fun. It’s sexy. It’s shot like a Smash Mouth video. It’s almost certainly meta.

Two aspiring film-makers team up with a generic 90s slacker-dude to make 1998’s most daring reality show: Hollyweird. They bait, trap and torture suspected criminals, all on film, and all while apparently evading legal sanction.

Then they have a nice pot of Ovaltine. At least I think they do. Or at least we spent a long time speculating that they might. Or on what exactly Ovaltine is. It’s all a little hazy. All I know is that Americans should at least consider drinking Milo.

Reviewers: James Ferris, David Shaw, Harry Brimage, Alex Malone
Soundboard: Andrew Cherry

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