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Idle Hands (2003)

Directed by Rodman Flender Written by Terri Hughes & Ron Milbauer

  The film begins getting right into the action as Anton’s mom (Connie Ray) and dad (Fred Willard) prepare for bed. A prank they believe was constructed by their son ends with each meeting their demise while searching through the house. Left with the image of a hand pulling her under the bed and a ridicules amount of blood being shed. Not that I minded. We then see Anton the next morning who we gather gets his enjoyment out of life by toking up with his two friends and admiring Molly (Jessica Alba) from a distance. Which wasn’t all that difficult considering she lived across the street. At a moment of desperation he decides to add Nutmeg and Oregano together and believes the end result to be the sudden possession of his right hand. Killing his two friends, who arise back as “Guardian Zombies,” who join in his crusade against the evil he decides to cut off in order to protect himself from further damaging anyone.

   With the type of movie this is, it should be known that right away it’s not something to take seriously. Even taking out the context of what the film is about and looking at the cast, one should be able to tell fairly quickly whether they’ll get any enjoyment out of the film. But from the moment you see the credits, you can’t help but become intrigued as to what would follow. At its core, it’s a fun and silly teenage, stoner flick. Don’t anyone dare try to read anymore into it than that. But I was surprised at the small aspects of Horror that the movie contained, as silly as they may seem. The suspense certainly has its moments that was blended with a great soundtrack that I loved getting to hear again. Having long forgotten how into The Offspring I used to be. It also carried a great tone through the film because it did incorporate that aspect of Horror and the Director was able to get in some transition shots that worked rather nicely.

  Although I had also went into this movie expecting solely a comedy. I had long been fans of Seth Green, (Mick) Devon Sawa (Anton) and Elden Henson (Pnub) since the beginning of each’s career. Christopher Hart, who played Thing in The Addams Family, played the idle hand which I thought was a nice added touch. But the comedic chemistry the three had with one another was fantastic and to this day, makes me laugh at their delivery. The exchanges between them felt so natural from an already funny group of guys. Sawa especially, since he had the added task of fighting himself and having it look just as natural. Which he not only did but executed in such a hilarious performance. Even though Jack Noseworthy (Randy) wasn’t shown as frequent he had plenty good quips to throw in and his whole “rocker” appeal was hilarious depicted. The cliché tattoos, studded bracelets and David Cassidy wannabe hair made for an interesting choice and his character didn’t really have much purpose. But when he first meets and later joins Debi LeCure, (Vivica A. Fox) is when his story became congruent with hers and they ended up together in the end. Of which would have been disappointing (the end sequence that is) if not for Green’s line that follows. They did film an alternate take that was shot to be entirely more climactic and is on the DVD extras. But it seemed so far from where the movie intended to go that it came out elaborately unnecessary. It does end with Anton getting the girl and blowing off Heaven to “kick it” with her. This was the same time Alba was in Never Been Kissed and plays the same ditsy character. She just had a bigger part in this and was certainly cute to watch. You don’t see much of her though the Director stated the test audiences favorite thing was seeing her in the bikini at the end; it lightly dabbled in being risqué, to a point. I always saw this film as the male version of a romantic comedy and I kind of wished there were more with the same idea.

 Though most won’t notice, the house was the same used in Can’t Hardly Wait, also starring Green. It was also filmed in the same neighborhood as the original Halloween and used the bowling alley from The Big Lebowski. For anyone wanting a little, behind the scenes. They would also use a digital head for when Pnub loses his marbles and a lot of the oozing blood was simply jam. Something you also wouldn’t know unless watching the commentary are the cameos by Ricky Martin (yup) and Tom DeLonge. It ends on the same note as it began with a prank set up from his two buds who had finally gotten their wings and able to enter Heaven.  Even though the end of the film becomes the stoner with a heart of gold realizing that there’s more to life and choosing ambition over indifference, it’s not as cheesy as it may sound.