Friday, April 27, 2007

Fartman: Caught in a Tight @ss -- A Review

So, as I mentioned the other day, I received a DVD in the mail of the movie "Fartman: Caught in a Tight @ss" (last word rendered to try not to offend, which will make this review rather difficult to write).

Fartman is a character created by Howard Stern, someone whose sense of humor I've never found particularly enjoyable. Fartman is a "superhero" whose powers are based on, obviously, Farting.

The movie opens with a man and a woman coming home from a date, but when they're mugged, Fartman shows up to save the day. This man, afterwards, is mad at Fartman, and somehow, becomes the arch-villain Tight @ss, and vows to disinfect the world or something, using props that appear to be made of excrement.

In his first encounter with Fartman, he gets the best of the "hero," but Fartman eventually recovers and goes after Tight @ss, and then defeats the villain with a "silent but deadly."

Now, if excrement and fart jokes are your idea of top-notch comedy, then this movie is definitely for you. Unfortunately for me, those don't do it for me.

It's not that I have anything against fart jokes in particular... after all, one of my favorite comedies is Blazing Saddles, and you should all know about the one scene in there involving a whole series of farts!

No, I think this just doesn't suit my particular sense of humor. Perhaps I'm just too old for this kind of thing? Your mileage may vary.

I will say this: The special effects, while low-budget, do work well for this short movie. And the overall production values are pretty decent, too, with music and costuming well-done. The acting is over-the-top, but that's very appropriate for a movie like this.

Feel free to judge for yourself... you can see the movie at this site, which I couldn't due to my computer being a bit outdated.

You can also check out the official website, at fartmanmovie.com if you want to know more.

Here's the press release that came with the DVD:

First Fartman Film Flies on Atom Films

Howard Stern's infamously flatulent superhero, Fartman now stenching up Atom Films. Originally airing on Howard Stern's In Demand cable channel, Howard TV, Fartman: Caught in a Tight @ss, has been picked up by Atom Films and is now available to the free smelling world on the internet. The New York Times named Atom Films as one of "the most selective of the web video sites."

Written by Joe Tyler Gold and Tammy Caplan, and directed by Caplan, the film indulges in an array of hysterically tasteless flatulence humor, with fart special effects created by artist Alexander Enberg, (frequent actor on Star Trek: Voyager), while introducing a brand new villain, Tight @ss, who has the ability to squeeze weapons out of his (you guessed it) at will.

Among the actors who contribute immensely to the film's flatuent success, are Kevan Fabian (Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Will & Grace), Tania Getty, Stephen Wastel (Law & Order, 24, The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckylll and Mr. Hyde), Neil McGowan, Rebecca Crandall, and Joe Tyler Gold, who most recently starred in Gold Cap Film's feature Never Say Macbeth.


According to creator Tammy Caplan, who contacted me about doing a review of this movie, it was chosen to be a finalist for the Howard Stern film festival, but was disqualified because she missed the rule that said you couldn't use union actors. Howard's In Demand cable channel, Howard TV, loved the film so much they ran it on their channel for several months. The film's had over 225,000 views in just over a month.

Anyway... I don't know if Tammy's done any other movies, or is working on any other ones, but even though I didn't care for the humor of this one, I would be interested in seeing what else she's done, as well as any future work. I do think that independent filmmakers like herself do have something to contribute, even if I'm not necessarily the right audience for all of their works.

Jon

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