Gangs, turf wars and...Dance Dance Revolution? We’re heading out to the Trost Bros. territory called "The FP," out on Blu-ray June 19 from Image Entertainment and Drafthouse Films. The fancy review footwork continues below.
Title: "The FP"
Grade: 2 1/2
Cast: Jason Trost, Art Hsu, Caitlyn Folley
Director: Trost Bros.
Runtime: 83 minutes
Release Company: Image Entertainment
The Flick: For movie geeks looking for the next big cult classic, "The FP" looks a lot like the right candidate. It’s got wacky dialogue, colorful characters and centers around vicious gang members squaring off in front of a dance fight video game. But the main problem that is rife throughout the Trost Bros. film is that for all the gags and gimmicks, "The FP" is just trying too hard to be a cult film. Meaning every aspect of the flick, from the ridiculous costumes (love the huge boots handed down from generation to generation!) to the profanity laced FP speak, all feels designed to say look at me. Plus the homage to other films including an eye patch wearing anti-hero (Snake Plissken anyone?!), gangs with inane outfits and names (remember those guys from Coney Island that shot Cyrus?!) and overall vibe (is that the title font from..."Alien Nation?!") is so overwhelming that it comes off as forced. "The FP" film folks have to remember you can’t design a movie to be a cult film – the audience decides that for you.
Best Feature: 'The FP in The FP: A Return to Frazier Park' is an interesting look at the Trost Bros. taking the flick back to the real FP – not always a picnic. (Plus I must admit I loved, but did not agree with, the booklet liner notes by Rob Zombie and "Crank" team Neveldine/Taylor!)
Best Hidden Gem: Some might say the James Remar opening narration (though just an small speech is not enough to evoke Warriors cult status!), but I liked the sassy performance by lead gal Caitlyn Folley who seemed to be channeling a sleazier version of Jenny Wright in "Out of Bounds."
Worth the Moola: Again, some may call this one a cult second coming, but sometimes just being different isn't all that’s required.