Bad Milo

| January 19, 2014

I like to think I can sit through pretty much anything.  There have been 2 movies in my life that I remember being so painful that I had to stop watching after about 15 minutes:  Repo: The Genetic Opera, and the 1970s made or TV remake of Double Indemnity.  I’m not saying Bad Milo is nearly as bad as those, but it is pretty atrocious.  I volunteered to review it because I love the cast: Ken Marino (Party Down), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski), and Patrick Warburton (Family Guy) are all incredibly talented comedic actors, but even with their powers combined, they couldn’t save this movie.

Marino plays a man who has been suffering from extreme stomach pain, until one day he essentially gives birth to a demon.  His therapist (Stormare) encourages him to nurture the demon, who he names Milo, because he’s a part of him.  So, Marino has to find ways to feed this thing so it doesn’t kill other people.  Also, the creature lives in his anus most of the time.

It’s not that the movie is gratuitously violent or disgusting.  There are plenty of comedies that capitalize on the grotesque.  James Gunn’s Slither stands out as a good example with a comparably talented cast, and I can’t articulate why this is so annoying and stupid while that film is legitimately entertaining.

Bad Milo is simply not funny.  Painfully not funny.  I can’t think of one time during the film I actually laughed.  It’s not so grotesque that I was disgusted by it either, so I didn’t find it unfunny because it was needlessly gross.  I think maybe my biggest problem with it is that it fails so completely as both comedy and horror.  It’s completely incapable of building suspense or surprising its audience, which is maybe the bigger sin than not being able to make its audience laugh.

I’d like to say the cast does the best they can with what they’re given, but no one seems interested in being in this movie.  All of the performances feel either too exaggerated, or lacking any energy at all.  Stephen Root’s small role as Marino’s father is maybe my favorite, but certainly not enough to save the rest of the film.

Special features include extended and deleted scenes, outtakes, commentary, and interviews with the cast and crew.  Available on DVD and Blu-ray from Magnet Studios on January 21.

About the Author:

Joe Ketchum Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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