‘LolliLove’ Review: 75% of all Homeless People are Latino

Posted in Screening Room by - March 19, 2016

Another week of Mockumentary March is under our belt here at Kulture Shocked, and while my previous two reviews have been less than stellar, with Punishment Park being a well made but altogether depressing film, and Fubar being entirely unfunny, This Saturday’s film, LolliLove, falls somewhere in between the two. It manages to be mildly entertaining, in the same way as Jersey Shore or Donald Trump, and It shows, at least, a competent level of experience when it comes to constructing a scene and composing a shot.

LolliLove is a feature film made in 2004 by Jenna Fischer of The Office fame. She, along with her now ex-husband James Gunn, play the roles of the fictional couple “Jenna and James Gunn”. The duo is a relatively wealthy couple living in LA that decide to start a charity. They claim to be putting in the work with the sole intention of helping others, but such motives are a thin layer over their obvious subconscious idea that charity will be their path to fame. James wants his art to become famous, and Jenna wants to use the publicity to meet celebrities. In their vapid, self-deluded minds, they decide to buy lollipops, wrap them in high-quality paper wrappers bearing James’ less than politically correct inspirational drawings, and hand them out to the homeless to motivate them to get off their lazy asses and make something of themselves. As the documentary follows them from inception to the first and last day of actually handing out the lollipops, they face the negative opinions of the outside world, wrangle their equally brain dead friends into volunteering, and put stress on their own relatively mindless marriage.

The humor is twisted in its depiction of the wealthy elite of high society, providing a commentary on the disconnect between the luckily successful and the rest of the world. It also provides a rebuke of the way that many charities of today are operated, exaggerating the delusional and often self-serving behaviors of many charity founders. However, it is not for those that can not take racial humor lightly. James constantly suggests that Jewish people could have avoided the Holocaust if he had been around to motivate them with his brilliant art. As the logline of this article suggests, the couple makes sweeping scientific statements based on the collection of four homeless people that hang out on a corner near their home. At one point a homeless man suggests that he would “F*bleep* Jenna Fischer’s bloody gap.”

All things considered, it’s an enjoyable film in a messed up sort of way. If watching terrible humans be terrible is the sort of character drama that you enjoy than it is certainly for you, and there were points where even I burst into laughter, most notably when the couple finally have an argument and say what’s really on their minds, though the resolution does negate that character growth point to some extent. However, the film did stretch a bit long considering that it’s entire plot derives from being unable to peel your eyes away from the antics of entirely selfish and awful human beings, and again, the humor is distinctly not appropriate or safe for the majority of audiences.

Final Say: Watch It

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Born in Arizona, he currently resides in Denton, Texas. When he isn't watching movies he's playing board games and drinking whatever he can get his hands on. John watches Djimon Honsou movies because he likes Spawn, which had Michael Jai White.
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