Sick & Twisted Fun With Dick & Jane
DVD Talk | USA | 05/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Jane White is Sick and Twisted" isn't the easiest film to describe. I guess the best way I've so far been able to articulate is that it's like the theme song the the old MTV game show "Remote Control": Kenny was unlike the other kids/REMOTE CONTROL.TV mattered, nothing else did...REMOTE CONTROL/Girls said yes and he said NO!.Now he's got his own game show! Yeah, it's kind of like that, except Kenny is a teenage girl and she didn't get her own game show. Oh, and Wil Wheaton is in it. But the quizmaster of 72 Whooping Cough Lane manages to make a pretty interesting movie.Jane White is played by the uber-cute Kim Little with hyper-energy and just the right sort of sparkle. She's able to convince the audience that she really does live in this TV dream world and it helps the film tremendously. Otherwise it would be little more than an obscure TV reference festival. She also makes you like Jane. The script by itself doesn't really make you want to like her, but Kim Little helps you like her.Wil Wheaton plays her boyfriend Dick. Jane loves Dick because she thinks he's a serial killer. Dick loves Jane because they both have braces and she gives him money to save his car, Betsy. Wil obviously has a lot of fun playing the over-the-top character. This is some of the best work I've seen him do. Anyone, who with full knowledge of how silly he looks, wears the wig he wears in this film deserves my respect.Jane and Dick's relationship is really what drives this picture. Both of them are quite insane, but for different reasons. Jane lives her life in TV reruns and Dick...well, Dick has a major problem with people going to the bathroom in the desert due to a tragic deer in the desert accident. You know, that old chestnut.
The rest of the cast is filled with cameos by various TV stars of yesteryear and improv superstars of today. You'll see Debra Wilson (MAD TV), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), Alley Mills and Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years), Eric Lutes and Andy Lauer (Caroline in the City), David Lander (Laverne and Shirley), Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (Whose Line is it Anyway?) and Dustin "Screech" Diamond (Saved By the Bell). Each cameo is a little surprise when it happens and adds quite a bit to the TV references in the film.The music to this film is tremendously important to its impact. I know I was singing the "Jane White Show" theme after the credits. The songs, although by different artists, sound stylistically similar and add to the stylized atmosphere of the film."Jane White is Sick and Twisted" is a hilarously fun retarded "Bonnie and Clyde" adventure ride through TV. It's a lot of fun and lends itself well to repeat viewing. I got quite a few references on the first go, I'm sure I'll find a lot more on the second. If you're a classic TV fan like me, then you'll want to get yourself a copy of the film.The DVD contains several fun extras including inteviews with the cast and a commentary track with the director David Michael Latt, Kim Little and castmember Chris "MTV's Singled Out" Hardwick."
The Funniest Film EVER!
DVD Talk | USA | 05/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The perfect movie for today's stressful times. This film is funnier than `THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY!"
From Boxoffice Magazine
DVD Talk | 05/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Considering how many people actively try to make what are commonly referred to as `cult movies, it's a wonder that so few of them actually wind up earning the moniker. "Jane White is Sick & Twisted," however, joins the handful that get the formula absolutely right...It's a furious, kinetic potpourri that sometimes feels as though John Waters has been unleashed on a `Kentucky Fried Movie' - style parody of `Nic at Nite."
DVD Talk | USA | 05/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Any hack can hire a decent cast for a movie backed by a billion dollars (just ask Michael Bay), but only a true artist can combine an eclectic cast of actors with a fun and inventive script. Jane White is Sick & Twisted is such a beast."