I'm not sure what the point of this is other than to teach us that people will degrade themselves for money, which we already know from TV. Katz does nothing to distinguish it stylistically beyond its premise of escalating dares, which function more as discrete stunts than narrative building blocks.
Demented, wild, and visceral, “Cheap Thrills” is a nasty silly game that I can’t understand, but is unquestionably hugely entertaining. Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2014/03/cheap-thrills-2013.html
A somewhat nasty piece of work that should stand as a good calling card for debut feature director E.I. Katz. Script shines a light on how extreme one will go for the love of the dollar and what some financial freedom or relief from debt may feel like. Nothing new under the sun here but still an entertaining ride. Performances vary but the script is certainly tight enough for the 90 minute ride.
I have to say I didn't really get what the fuzz about this movie is. It sure grows in tension and has some (disturbing) memorable images but characters are not developed enough and such topic has been seen in other ficks (13 sins, Would you rather).
As a social satire on greed, Cheap Thrills runs out of things to say. Yet, the character relationships and the intense character arc makes the emotion much, um, richer. It's held together by its actors and is the very definition of a dark comedy that works: you feel freakish laughing at its twisted humor among other people. Even if it's predictable in its plot, it's deliriously funny and dramatically intense.
This movie is a hidden gem among low budget films. It expertly weaves a tale about morality and cognitive dissonance. What will you do for money? Where is the point of no return? Straightforward yet powerful, I would give it a 4,5 star rating if it were possible.
The sadistic premise is elevated by its perfectly timed humor. Cheap Thrills isn't an easy watch, but if you can stomach the trauma, then you'll have fun witnessing two guys desperate to one-up each other. File this movie under: Fucked Up.
Clever, cruel, and criminally hilarious. David Koechner tones down his usually amped up energy to calmly and coolly pull the strings on two distant and desperate friends who will potentially do anything when money is thrown at them. E.L. Katz pulls no punches with his characters or the audience. Definitely worth it, and I'll be looking forward to more from this guy for sure. Another win for the 1st quarter of 2014.