Film Review: Rubber

2010 comedy/horror: Directed by Quentin Dupieux; starring: Robert the Goodyear tire, Stephen Spinella, Wings Hauser, and David Bowe. [rated R] Stars given: that is completely up to you.

“Ladies, gentlemen, the film you are about to see today is an homage to the “no reason”, that most powerful element of style.”

Rubber” is… well, “Rubber” is one of those films you just sort of have to see to believe. I could tell you all about the surreal opening, about how the tire comes to life as if it was some drunk waking up in the middle of the dessert, about the psychic powers the tire apparently has, about the turkey in the hotel room, or how the tire has the odd desire to go after that one gal… but, well, you really would have to see it to believe any of it.

There are films that are made for the fun of it, there are films that are made for the fun of making fun of things, and there are films that are made for the fun of making fun of themselves; this is either all of the above or none of the above, depending on how you look at it.

Boasting a rather long list of impressive names, “Rubber” is just one heck of a bizarre film. Despite being made in France back in 2010, it somehow retains the feel of a really well done 70’s American B-movie.

While being strange, it is often at times strange to an endearing point; as you are introduced to the main character—a tire, yes, really, a tire—you really get a sense of character as it begins to explore the world around it. It gets tired ( *rimshot* ) after a long journey, it gets frustrated after not being able to crush things underneath its tread, and it apparently gets lusty for a lovely lady named Shelia.

There are plenty of “in jokes” to the point of often being called “meta”, which makes it a little hard to wonder if “Rubber” is an incredibly good film—4.5 out of 5 –or an incredibly bad film—warranting a 1.5 out of 5. All that could be said for certain is it is a really, really weird film!


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