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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Movie Review # 38 Rock Slyde (2009)

Release: 2009
Director: Chris Dowling
Writer: Chris Dowling

Rotten Tomatoes: 39% Audience
Netflix: 2.8 Stars

Rock Slyde is a movie you will love or hate instantly. As it is a period piece set in modern times. That period being the 40's Detective films complete with all the cliches and silliness of the times. Which for this reviewer was alright as I enjoy the old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes, or even the classic Charlie Chan movies. But this movie does stretch further than those. With it drawing a little from the movies Clue and Murder by Death. 

With some of the twists and turns that pop up through out. So here is the story. Rock Slyde (Patrick Warburton) is a out of luck Private Eye. Who is ashamed of his past and never talks about it. As his life has fallen apart but unlike most men. He chose to not resort to drinking. But having his vice be Hot Tamales candy. In one of the goofiest product placements I have ever seen in a movie. So now that we know about Rock the story evolves around the group of Bartology trying to make Rock sign over his lease.

Which he chooses not to. Which he chooses not to only to have a woman come into his life. Who claims to have people follow her. So Rock sets out to find who and what. From this point on everything is straight out of how to write a Private Dick movie. Except for the entire lets poke at Scientology aspect of the movie. Where you excerpt Bartology in it's place. But who cares it is a direct kick in the nuts to that faux religion and proves one thing. If someone dreams it and has the charisma to pull it off. Anyone will buy your bullshit and the people who follow Scientology need to have their head examined or to quit eating the cookies. 

But that is just my opinion and it stands for all religions. But back to the movie. There is nothing special here, nor is it overly memorable. What it is just a fun movie to watch with friends and enjoy. Especially if you are a Patrick Warburton fan or even a Andy Dick Fan. Just do not come into this thinking it is going to have loads of violence, fighting, or blood. Because it does not. 

What it does have is a refreshing and sadly overlooked quality of movies today. Which is a fun story and character set up and it is because of this. That most people will hate this movie. As it is a throw back to a lost genre of film making and one I wish would come back. I enjoy the big block busters as much as any one out. I just want more simple films like this to hit main stream. As they showcase acting and not graphics and who can spend the most. That is just my two cents.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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