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161 Ratings

Men & Chicken

Mænd og høns

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
Denmark, Germany, 2015
Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi


Men and Chicken is a black comedy about two outcast brothers, who by getting to know their unknown family also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

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Men & Chicken Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
Writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen endows the slapstick with a wry sense of fatalism—the handheld camera rarely rests during Men & Chicken, but the film still manages to evoke, in its more grotesquely fanciful moments, the jaundiced entropy of a Roy Andersson tableau… Men & Chicken might require a relatively high tolerance for zaniness, but it’s nonetheless an undeniably clever piece of work.
April 22, 2016
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Men & Chicken does have some exceptionally choreographed scenes of slapstick and farce, styles of cinematic humor more universal than the distinctively dark Danish variety. The Three Stooges and the Keystone Cops are such obvious models that they border on homage… Yet the inappropriate, irreverent jokes and actions, which elevate bad taste to an aesthetic more polished than anything by John Waters, set the tone and steal the show.
April 22, 2016
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Alas, [Mikkelsen’s] performance is this black comedy’s only point of interest. The film is grotesque and bizarre without ever really being funny, and while the sight of Mikkelsen as a nebbishy loser is initially bracing, the novelty wears off fast, leaving little else.
April 21, 2016
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