1998; Rated PG-13; 96 Minutes
Richard Dreyfuss: James Krippendorf
Jenna Elfman: Veronica Micelli
Natasha Lyonne: Shelley Krippendorf
Gregory Smith: Mickey Krippendorf
Carl Michael Linder: Edmund Krippendorf
Lily Tomlin: Ruth Allen
Produced by Larry
Brezner, Ross Canter and Whitney Green; Directed by Todd
Holland; Screenwritten by Charlie Peters
by DAVID KEYES
of us know the feeling. It's the feeling you get after you
lose $200 at the race track; the feeling that you get after
eating too many candy bars; the feeling that you've made
one big, BIG mistake, and I gather that most humans know
exactly what I'm talking about.
who don't know the feeling of making big mistakes will learn
when they see "Krippendorf's Tribe," or one such similar
"jungle" movie, where the humor is based on nature in the
outer wilderness. It is one of the most stupid, dimwitted,
and humainly repugnant films I've ever seen. And I'm not
the only one who thinks this, too. I've often noticed out
on the Internet that 'Anti-"Krippendorf's Tribe" clubs'
actually exist. When I find one myself, I will become a
have read some incredibly disturbing reviews of this movie,
and my first reaction before seeing it was "could it really
be that bad? Could lame jokes and lame story be so bad that
people would want to admit flat out that it's one of the
worst movies they'd ever seen?"
idea seemed impossible. So two weeks after it started playing
it theaters, I went and saw it. Emerging from the theater,
I turned and looked at an old man who was at the ticket
booth, asking for his money back after seeing it. They refused,
he got angry, and some theater employees had to escort him
off of the theater grounds.
could have been me.
I'd give reviews to movies based on my own personal experiences,
but in this case, everyone's experience, including mine,
was exactly the same. I felt just like that old man did.
I was so mad I wanted my money back, but they can't do that,
if you've sat through the entire movie.
makes it an even more disturbingly bad movie is the fact
that the actors who starred in it knew it was bad, too.
Weeks before it was released, Richard Dreyfuss got on TV
and pleaded with his audiences, "please go see this movie.
If you don't, it will be the end of my career." Dreyfuss
is one of our greatest American actor's, and if he'd be
that foolish to plead for audience turnout, then something's
gotta be wrong.
YES, trust every rotten review you see. "Krippendorf's Tribe"
IS that bad, if not worse.
only purpose of this review is simply verify what has already
been said; if you want to hear what it's about and the many
things wrong with it, there's plenty of scathing reviews
out there for you to check out. For me, forgetting the movie
even exists is the best way to handle the situation.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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