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Review: Absurdly Nihilistic 'Cheap Thrills' Starring David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Pat Healy & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 18, 2014 5:09 PM
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Cheap Thrills
It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover" (and repurposed, in watered-down form, for things like "Identity Thief" and "Horrible Bosses"), would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills," really is: it's the hysterical, son-of-"Jackass" tomfoolery of "The Hangover" taken to an absurdly nihilistic degree. For the most part it works, despite some tonal wobbliness, although it should be noted that "Cheap Thrills" is not for the squeamish or easily offended.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From Thriller 'Liars All' Starring Sara Paxton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 9:59 AM
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New Year's Eve has a popular setting at the movies, providing the backdrop for romance, drama, comedy, horror and more. There is something about ringing in the New Year that raises the stakes and sets the tone for life changing events, and it's against this setting that "Liars All," the feature debut of writer/director Brian Brightly plays out.

SXSW Review: 'Cheap Thrills' Is Like 'The Hangover' Taken To An Absurdly Nihilistic Degree

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 18, 2013 8:00 PM
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It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover," would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills," which was one of the few movies to acquire distribution at the South by Southwest Film Festival, really is: it's the hysterical, son-of-"Jackass" tomfoolery of "The Hanger" taken to an absurdly nihilistic degree. For the most part, it works, despite some tonal wobbliness, although it should be noted that "Cheap Thrills" is not for the squeamish or easily offended.

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