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March 24, 2007

American Cannibal

American Cannibal Remember the last time you saw an independent movie that really blew you away? It's probably been a while. Directors Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro gradually layer on coats of narrative paint over Dave and Gill, a duo of hotshot television writers pitching ideas for reality shows as with their idea for "Virgin Territories," with the motto, "When you win it, your lose it." The premise is that 10 certified virgins room together in a house loaded with pornography and frequently visited upon by sexy women acting, uh well, sexy. The guy who remains chaste the longest-no masturbation allowed-wins the loss of his virginity to a porn star. But the ideally matched writing partners get picked up by a pornography producer for their offhand concept about a group of starving people left on a craggy island with no food. Dave and Gill see their dreams distorted and broken as the show goes into a doomed production. "American Cannibal" is a fast-paced satire about the state of reality television that builds its humor on its depiction of the limits our current reality TV craze.
Not Rated. 91 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)

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