Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters (directed by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis):
With all of the trans fats and rat infestations, fast food can be a scary thing these days. You can't help but wonder then if it was one really bad double bacon cheeseburgers that led to the creation of Aqua Teen Hunger Force's cartoon trio Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad. A full length feature film version of Adult Swim's popular TV show by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis hits theaters this weekend, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters's irreverent, bizarre humor isn't likely to require Tums. Granted, it's not a movie that's going to appeal to everyone, but if you have a small part of your funny bone labeled "immature teenage boy" it's well worth your $10.75.
A caveat: in this movie there isn't a plot so much as a loose clustering of incidents leading to jokes of the sexual or pun-filled nature. The story mostly revolves around the three snack shaped friends from Jersey trying to figure out where they came from. Also, they have a very fat neighbor named Carl, who had a broken exercise machine in his house. Then some aliens called the Plutonians and the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past arrive and they want the exercise machine. Also, Dr. Weird and his assistant Steve are in on some evil plan involving condos, and don't forget about the Mooninites, who are committing "grand theft coffee table." Aqua Teen is weird for the sake of being weird, and thinks everything it says is impossibly hilarious. It's a bit like Un Chien Andalou, only if Dalí and Buñuel had written their surrealist script while high from snorting pixie sticks. A familiarity with the TV show would probably increase your understanding of the movie, but it's not necessary. Even without knowing what's happening, Aqua Teen is silly nutrient-free fun.
Other wide theatrical releases hitting the city's movie houses include Mike White's newest with Molly Shannon and Peter Sarsgaard Year of the Dog, Halle Berry investigating Bruce Willis in Perfect Stranger, Shia La Beouf fearing suburbia in Disturbia and Salma Hayek being totally noir in Lonely Hearts.
[Production still from ATHFCMFFT courtesy of First Look Pictures.]