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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Indie Pick O' The Day: Chuck & Buck

Are you in the mood for love?? How about a homoerotic masochistic love story? Well that's exactly what you'll get when you pop in the DVD and watch Chuck & Buck. The film tells the story of Buck who comes off as being mildly retarded, but really he's just a man-child who refuses to stray away from his childhood. Buck has a childhood crush on his best friend Chuck. A simple twish of fate bring these two together under unfortunate circumstances after Buck's mother passed away. They meet at her funeral and reunite once again as friends. Although the years that passed has changed and matured Chuck, his old pal Buck has remained the same and wants to go outside and play as if he never grew up as they parted as friends.

Chuck who lives in Los Angeles, kindly tells Buck that he should come by and visit sometime. Poor ol Buck sees that remark as more than just a friendly invitation and moves to Los Angeles permanently where he begins stalking Chuck. The movie begins to become even more bizarre when Buck decides to write and produce a play about Chuck and their friendship.

The film won an Independent Spirit Award in 2001 for Best Feature under $500,000. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Pretty compelling performance by Mike White who plays Buck and also wrote the screenplay. You might have seen his written work too in a little unknown film called School Of Rock.

The movie is weird and bizarre, but quirky and cute in its own way. A creative effort by the director and writer and shot on a shoestring budget.

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