Unconventionally beautiful and disturbing. It is a challenging film about the horrors of schizophrenia, the ability of disability, and the fragility of masculinity. The many possible interpretations prevent it from being merely offensive/iconoclastic. Laughter is often with the characters, but it changes to a self-conscious and uncomfortable laughter at them when the authority figure of the father (Herzog) appears.
I could easily hate Korine's work for what I think makes a good film. Although what he is actually striving to accomplish in his films is catching a specific mood or ambience rather than telling a linear story, and in that he succeeds with flying colours. If you don't like Korine's films at least watch this to see Herzog drink Robitussin from a slipper.
What an astounding film. This really blew me away. Such passion in the performances. Such beauty in the presentation. Such reality in the film. These are characters that you sympathize for, yet study deeply. The sound production also impressed me very much. Some very wild musical moments bring this dysfunction to life. The script is full of lines that will make you laugh, yet stop mid-way and think. Beautiful film!