I couldn’t sleep last night for fear of having another night terror (long story, should I blog about it?), so I distracted myself by knocking out another movie from my Netflix instant queue with my iPod. I added the film RSO [Registered Sex Offender] to my queue a while back because Andrew Bujalski is in it. One of my fav directors (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax, and the “godfather of mumblecore.”) Also credited in the cast is Richard Linklater (director of School of Rock, Before Sunset, and Waking Life). It wasn’t exactly what I remember going back and forth on whether this was a documentary or just another mumblecore movie. I think it was like a mumblecore mockumentary about a 25 year old sex addict who gets out of prison for “purposely” sending a NSFW photo of himself to a minor. He’s now labeled an RSO and has to integrate himself back into life.
He’s probably one of the most unlikable assholes you’ll ever see on screen, well I can sort of have empathy for him at times. But the film totally knows it and people keep telling him as pisses people off at various job interviews, community service tasks, therapy, etc. But the way it’s done is extremely blunt and sarcastic, but quite smart and honest. This isn’t really a movie I WANT to give 5 stars to, but I think I have to simply because it’s quite a leap from most “mumblecore” type films. It’s definitely a black comedy, but isn’t filled with gratuitous gross out sex jokes or innuendo like a lot of mainstream “sex comedies” might be. It’s mostly done through dialogue which is great btw. Most people won’t like this film I’m sure, but I was impressed. I am not going to lie, I liked it. The movie had that mumblecore heart that I love despite being a little crude.