Krippendorf's Tribe
Rating -

Comedy (US); 1998; Rated PG-13; 96 Minutes

Cast
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

Review Uploaded
9/25/98

Written by DAVID KEYES

Most 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.

Those 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 member.

I 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?"

The 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.

That could have been me.

Normally, 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.

What 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.

So YES, trust every rotten review you see. "Krippendorf's Tribe" IS that bad, if not worse.

The 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. Please e-mail the author here if the above review contains any spelling or grammar mistakes.
 
 
           
     
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