Walter Mencken 1 p.m., May 1
Review: Natural Selection
The giant bag of a Texas prison lawn mower bursts open giving birth to scraggly escapee Matt O’Leary. Expectations are flattened when this provocative opening sequence is immediately followed by a boner joke: Rachael Harris’ husband of 25 years wakes up with wood. When his horny spouse decides to seize the moment, he backs down proposing they read scriptures instead. (A sudden heart attack brings news that convinces Harris her hubby was unfaithful: instead of fulfilling his wife, the frequent sperm donor preferred filling plastic cups while watching porn in a fertility clinic.) What are the chances the con and a Bible-toting priss will meet, form an unlikely pair, and embark on a life affirming, yet satirically contemptuous, road trip? O’Leary’s hackneyed jailbird never takes off, but Harris’ glimpses into a life of muffled anguish soar high above anything first time writer, director Robbie Pickering has to offer. With: John Diehl and Jon Gries.
Reader Rating: One Star
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