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29.12.08

Jimmy and Judy (2005)





Director: Randall K. Rubin, Jon Schroeder
Starring: Edward Furlong, Rachael Bella, William Sadler
Rated R 100 minutes
Released by Anchor Bay

Jimmy (Edward Furlong) is a troubled young man from a well-to-do family. For reasons which are never made clear to the audience, he despises his parents and spends a great deal of time trying to torment them. Jimmy is obsessed with recording nearly every moment of his existence, whether he is having sex with prostitutes or crashing his parents dinner parties. The only person who Jimmy seems to like is Judy (Rachael Bella), a shy misfit who is constantly bullied at school. Jimmy decides to show his affection for Judy by striking back against her enemies and, of course, taping the results. Judy is overwhelmed by this gesture and, voila, a love connection is made.

The lovebirds spend their days engaged in petty crime and intercourse. All is well until one night they accidentally run over a homeless man in a bad neighborhood. Consulting the "Big Book of Bad Ideas", Jimmy decides that the best way to deal with this problem is to put the dead hobo's body in the trunk of his car. Moments later, a cop arrives to investigate the situation and Jimmy does what characters in predictable movies usually do: he shoots and kills the cop so that we can get to the lovers-on-the-lam portion of the story. The couple have their obligatory hotel room head shaving and hair dying moment, and are married by an Elvis impersonator. Not being especially clever criminals, the cops are hot on their trail. Jimmy says that he knows of a place in the mountains of Kentucky, where every scumbag in the rainbow can be free and naked whenever they want, and do whatever they want, without fear of persecution. Based upon what we have learned about these two characters up to this point, this degenerate commune would seem like the perfect place for the newlyweds to plant their roots. But as bad as Jimmy and Judy are, the commune's Manson-esque leader (William Sadler) is even worse. After delivering a long and embarrassing speech about the "garbage people", Sadler and his goons push the sociopathic lovebirds towards a Thelma and Louise-inspired fate.



Edward Furlong and Rachael Bella do have some chemistry here, as they should, being married in real life and all. Whether or not their performances in this film are good is nearly impossible to tell, given the abysmal quality of the material they are provided with. This is a very insincere movie; pretending to be "edgy" and "provocative" while desperately trying to mimic better-known movies that use the tragic-lovers-on-the-lam motif. Jimmy and Judy are no Bonnie and Clyde, or even a Mickey and Mallory, for that matter. Randall Rubin and Jon Schroeder, who wrote and directed the film, could care less for character development - so expecting the titular couple to experience any sort of arc is out of the question. Jimmy gets the worst of it; going from unlikeable at the beginning, to bald and unlikeable towards the end. Bella is only required to disrobe every fifteen minutes and to act maniacally happy, no matter the situation the couple find themselves in. The makers are more concerned with creating Natural Born Killers for the Hot Topic crowd, not making a movie about real people who you can relate to or sympathize with. It's crass, pointless, and worst of all, dull. The gimmicky shot-by-the-characters approach used to film this movie doesn't add a drop of believability to the proceedings - only makes it harder to watch.

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