GUNDERSON’S

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes
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Max (Max Azulay) has recently been diagnosed with Gunderson’s, a new STD that afflicts the genitals and causes the occasional twitch. Most don’t take to a sexually-transmitted disease diagnosis happily, and Max is no different. Well, maybe a little different; he’s a middle school health teacher.

Gunderson’s is supposedly a small storyline from a different project, and despite it definitely lining up with that feel, like you’ve been dropped right in the middle of a much bigger narrative, it works. It works because the film is really funny, and when you go the absurdist humor route and pull it off, you can forgive an awful lot. Make me laugh, and it doesn’t necessarily need to make sense anymore. Plus, and I’ve said this before, if you establish that the rules of the universe onscreen are warped, you can do what you want as long as you respect and work within that warped framework.

And I’ll admit: I love gibberish in totally inappropriate contexts. Watching a middle school health teacher go off in front of his class, treating them as if they’re older than where his maturity stalled, gets a cheap giggle or three out of me. Expand and elevate that foundation with well-written and delivered comedy, and you’ve got me on your side.

If this is really a small bit of a much bigger film, than I want to see the bigger film already. Maybe that’s asking to be disappointed (maybe this is the best bits), but I like what I’ve seen so far, and I want to see more!

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Posted on November 25, 2011 in Reviews by
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