• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Doghouse

TITLE: Doghouse

YEAR: 2009

GENRE: Horror and Comedy

The history of film shows that the art of movie making has continually questioned the society around it and challenged more conservative viewpoints. The Children’s Hour brought up the rights of gay and lesbian couples as early as 1961, and the classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest challenged society’s views on mental health rights back in 1975. Some films, on the other hand, bring about the issue of political correctness and turn the social stereotypes on their proverbial heels. Doghouse is one of those films, and the project gleefully lampoons male and female stereotypes in a droll manner best done by the British.

Vince (played by Stephen Graham) is the in process of going through a messy divorce and as a result has depression issues. In order to cheer him up, five of his friends who have relationship issues of their own decide to head up into northernEnglandto escape their problems and according to Neil (Danny Dyer) “get so drunk we can’t remember how to speak (and) communicate in grunts like Neanderthals.” When arriving in the small town of Moodley (picked because the ratio of women to men happens to be four to one) they discover a deserted town where men are absent. They learn that a military experiment had gone wrong and turned all the women into cannibalistic zombies who have a taste for anybody with a penis. Faced with a horde of females with the worst case of PMS ever recorded, the guys are forced to hunker down and turn their drunken misogynistic vacation into a struggle for survival.

The main story of Doghouse is the subject of sexual stereotypes, and people who take the film on a superficial level may take the project as sexist. However, if one looks at it with a less serious tone they will discover Doghouse to be some mindless entertainment. Once the female zombies attack almost all political and social correctness is shelved and many of the walking dead display all aspects of female stereotypes. The most memorable representation of the female race would be “Bubbles” (Annie Vanders), a 400 pound BBW in an all-too revealing negligee that is a sight to see. The scene where she incapacitates one of the unfortunate men by jumping off a roof and literally squishing him is one of those sights that must be seen to be believed. The zombie beautician is also well done and the continually slashing scissors makes one not want to get a haircut in quite some time. The men are also lampooned quite well as proverbial pigs so both sexes get their share of zingers against each other. Doghouse of a fast-paced adventure with quick writing and has little lag in between any of the action scenes. The story or the sexual stereotype themes do not get as much development as I would like to see so the film at times seems a little immature. The makeup in Doghouse is especially well done and the zombies look fantastic for a limited budget production although the carnage scenes are a bit limited in their execution.

People who insist on their films to be 100% politically correct will want to steer clear of Doghouse because that is not the goal of the film. However, fans of British horror comedies such as Shaun Of The Dead will find Doghouse to be an entertaining scare fest that does mix the laughs and shrieks effectively. It was surprising how fast Doghouse went from start to finish, but that is a compliment as the film is well created and executed. Again, more socially conscious people will want to steer clear of Doghouse but for those who do not have any of those concerns will enjoy their adventure to Moodley.

* * * 1/2

–Mark

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