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The FP
Reviewed by Sarah Arnold, © 2012

Format: Movie
Genre:   Dystopian future
Review Date:   March 15, 2012
Audience Rating:   R
RevSF Rating:   8/10 (What Is This?)

The FP is produced by the Austin company Drafthouse Films, a fairly new player on the distribution and production front. The movie is very true to its wonky Drafthouse theater roots.

It's written and directed by the Trost Brothers and set in a dystopian future where two rival gangs fight over Frazier Park via the game "Beat-Beat Revelation." In the first five minutes the leader of the 248, BTRO, dies after doing so poorly in the game it’s really the only option to avoid humiliation.

The 245 takes over, BTRO’s younger brother JTRO goes into exile and the FP spirals into chaos. AC/DC (no, not the rock band) talks JTRO into coming back to save the FP from the new influx of harder drugs. Then the hero’s story takes off.

While this all sounds like traditional story telling, the setting and means of telling this story is not.

( See the trailer right here.)

The FP has highly stylized costumes (provided by Sarah Trost) that are reminiscent of the 80s and also the Civil War. The dystopian setting isn’t clear. It could just be a run down town in California, but the costumes and characters convey this odd future well enough for a small budget film.

It’s rife with amazing dialogue to complement the over the top costumes and one line zingers that I’m still berating my friends with on a daily basis.

The best way for me to relate this movie to you is young adult memories, and how those memories intermingle. You remember loving Power Rangers, but that could have been anywhere between first grade and early middle school. This movie is an amalgamation of all those childhood memories for Generation Y or Eighties Babies.

I remember the 80s as a brief memory of culture but beyond the fashion and some music we have no real attachments. For the Trost family, there are a range of memories that make up this movie that strike a chord with me; 80s clothes, absurd slang, the all-importance of alcohol, and small town gangs that don’t really know what it is to be a non-jazz dancing gang.

I’ve watched this movie three times now, and it’s still funny. This is a perfect mix between the ridiculous and wonderfully sculpted dialogue.

The FP may not be playing near you, but I have a solution to that. Tugg, Inc. is a company that allows movie-goers to request that their local theater pick up movies that the public demands. Go to the Tugg site request the film. If you are lucky enough to live near a Drafthouse theater, check it out (and get some great grub.)

The Drafthouse theaters are known for showing off the wall movies and creating special events around them. I predict The FP will soon be a cult hit. It's a straight shot of all the the Drafthouse is about as a culture.

If you think this movie interests you, I guarantee it will.

Demand more wonkiness from RevolutionSF's Sarah Arnold at her Twitter (so to speak.)

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