Matthew Lickona 4 p.m., Feb. 16
- Rated NR | 1 hour, 33 minutes
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Writer-director Trent Haaga takes on Bryan Smith’s novel about a beta dude (Matthew Gray Gubler, looking like a cross between Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, and Joel McHale) who finds himself in thrall to a series of alpha chicks — several of whom are cheerfully, plainly psychopathic — and who must sack up if he’s going to survive. At film’s outset, he’s happy in his life of shoveling shit (well, pumping out septic tanks) and coming home to his trailer park love nest to be ravished by the fetching, ferocious AnnaLynne McCord. It’s hard to say exactly what she sees in him, given her lust for the good life and her general disregard for the baseline human decency he embodies, but the film isn’t interested in anything like sincere emotion. It much prefers blasé cruelty, insane levels of unreal violence, and sexual hijinks aimed at establishing the original point. It’s cheap and trashy and tasteless, but it’s not unfun, and there’s a pleasing measure of low-budget craft on display. 2017.