Movie review – Corn as a metaphor for capitalism

a Business Course about Bad Capitalism Disguised as a Slacker Comedy. This is the best way to describe Michael Lehmanns Flakes, a movie that shares the smug, and the sensitivity of his sour protagonist, Neal Downs (Aaron Stanford).

An aspirant rock musician who runs a New Orleans dinner where the only bill is breakfast cereals, Neal is a reflective sarcastic killing, whose equally sour girlfriend, Pussy Katz (Zooey Deschanel) shares his bohemian dream around the country in a ‘ to travel an Airstream trailer. , making music and art.

The walls of the restaurant, called Flakes, are fed with cereals, including rare stuffed brands. As customers gain exotic compositions, the movie presents a deadpan spoof of gourmet fetishism. One-piece specialty chocolate-flavored grains smothered in chocolate milk sounds particularly misleading.

In the possession of Willie (Christopher Lloyd), a rounded hippie geezer with crazy scientific hair, Flakes collapses as a hangover for the killing, until a bright eye visitor, Stuart (Keir ODonnell), proposes a profitable to make a concession. When Willie and Neal do not express interest, Stuart establishes a competitive flakes across the street, and the New Orleans grain wars begin.

Hopefully he will put Stuart out of the bag. He begins to play dirty tricks, the best of which is kite spreading for the homeless promising 10 free bakkies per customer at his competitors. The prank poses a close riot that Stuart manages to its advantage.

Neals’s new life-in-relationship with Pussy begins to bump when she gets betrayed and goes to the competition, hoping that the expiration of the original Flakes Neal will leave on time to complete his CD. If the name of his group, Cereal Killers, is chosen perfectly, his music is a joke.

As soon as lawyers get involved with the dispute, the movie’s anti-settlement attitude evaporates, just like the teenage movie of Levity Flakes has generated.

FLAKES

Open on Wednesday in Manhattan; Also on video on request.

Directed by Michael Lehmann; written by Chris Poche and Karey Kirkpatrick; director of photography, Nancy Schreiber; edited by Nicholas C. Smith; music by Jason Derlatka and Jon Ehrlich; manufactured by Gary Winick and Jake Abraham; released by IFC First Take. At the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwich Village. Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes. This movie is not rated.

MET: Aaron Stanford (Neal Downs), Zooey Deschanel (Miss Pussy Katz), Christopher Lloyd (Willie), Frank Wood (Bruce), Ryan Donowho (Skinny Larry), Izabella Miko (Strawberry) and Keir ODonnell (Stuart).

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