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Rubber (2010)

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A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.

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Quentin Dupieux

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Quentin Dupieux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Spinella ... Lieutenant Chad
Jack Plotnick ... Accountant
Wings Hauser ... Man in Wheelchair
Roxane Mesquida ... Sheila
Ethan Cohn ... Film Buff Ethan
Charley Koontz ... Film Buff Charley
Daniel Quinn ... Dad
Devin Brochu ... Son
Hayley Holmes ... Teenager Cindy
Haley Ramm ... Teenager Fiona
Cecelia Antoinette ... Black Woman (as Cecilia Antoinette)
David Bowe ... Mr. Hughes
Remy Thorne ... Zach (as Remi Thorne)
Tara Jean O'Brien ... Cleaning Lady (as Tara O'Brien)
Thomas F. Duffy ... Cop Xavier
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Storyline

As film spectators watch, a killer car tire comes to life in a desert dump site. Flexing its... rubber... and ready to roll, it soon discovers its telekinetic ability to make small animals and people's heads explode. Lt. Chad hopes to end this movie by fatally poisoning every last spectators, but failing that, the show must go on, and the tire goes on a three-day rampage. With few left alive, a lure is constructed to draw the tire from its motel room, where hopes are to end it and this movie once and for all. Written by statmanjeff

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Are You Tired of the Expected? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Angola | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cauciucul See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,346, 3 April 2011

Gross USA:

$98,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,370
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director, writer, cinematographer, editor and composer, Quentin Dupieux, is also known as Mr. Oizo. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, payroll company is spelled incorrectly - Compagny. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lieutenant Chad: In the Steven Spielberg movie "E.T.," why is the alien brown? No reason. In "Love Story," why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone's "JFK," why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent "Chain Saw Massacre" by Tobe Hooper, why don't we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in "The Pianist" by Polanski, how come...
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Crazy Credits

In a list of credits prior to the final credits, the rubber tire appears as an actor named Robert. See more »

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References Love Story (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
Lyrics and music by Vinnie Barrett, John C Jr Freeman and Bobby Eli
Performed by Blue Magic
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Tries to be too clever for its own good
24 April 2011 | by pcwatertonSee all my reviews

I had hoped for a mindless, easy watching film about a tyre which makes people's heads explode. If your expectations are similar, the tyre does make people's head explode, but beyond that it won't really be what you are looking for.

The film states that it is a 'homage to no reason', after a tedious opening monologue where one of the characters 'breaks the fourth wall' by regaling us (the audience - who are actually portrayed as watching the events of the film within the film) with a list of things in films which don't have any particular reason. Once he has tired of pointing these things out he then goes on list other things without reason ('Why can't we see the air? No reason.').

Apart from there being is a very good reason for why we can't see air, my main objection to this is that the film makers seem to think they are making a deep philosophical point, whereas the fact that things happen for no discernible reason has probably occurred to a lot of people. This sort of bullshit philosophy that spoils this film a bit for me; the film tells you it is trying to make a point, but its an 'emperors new clothes' situation with a serious point only being made if you really want to believe it is there.

Breaking the fourth wall is a common theme in the film, and the inclusion of an audience watching from afar within the film is a sort of cool idea, which sadly isn't used as well as it could be later on in the film.

The film is generally well shot, with a good soundtrack, but in the opening scenes this is relied upon too heavily. Watching the tyre learn and explore is interesting for a bit, and it is surprising how expressive a tyre can be, but the camera lingers a bit too much and the beginning of the film does drag.

Heads do explode (in quite a funny way), but this film is definitely not a gorefest. Instead the plot just sort of toddles along (a bit like the tyre) before grinding out a bit of an anticlimax.

In trying to make a film that is a homage to no reason, this film probably succeeds, though lacking any sort of drive or direction there isn't a hell of a lot of reason to watch it.


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