UNBAKEABLE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 10 minutes
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Cheerfully stupid bashing of the pretentious flick Unbreakable tells the same basic story (man discovers he is a superhero through the intervention of his polar opposite) with one slight difference: instead of being a man of steel, he has a capacity for limitless ingestion of alcohol and grass.
Garbage collector David Done (Winzenreid, taking the Bruce Willis blank stare to new levels) is sitting in the emergency room of a local hospital. The doctor informs him that he is the sole survivor of a party, and even though his blood alcohol level is .40, he’s not even buzzed. He leaves the hospital and finds a greeting card on his car, asking him when was the last time he was drunk.
The card leads him to Elijah (Jones), a drug dealer who has no stomach for substance abuse and gets insanely high from a Flinestones chewable vitamin. He and David experiment with a bong, loading the pipe with over a pound and a half of “good shit”. The marijuana has no effect on David, proving Elijah’s theory that he is “unbakeable”. He sends David out into the world to find his purpose.
“Unbakeable” is a clever idea, well executed by Salamoff and his lookalike cast (Jones in particular nails the original characterization by Samuel L. Jackson). Beautiful actress Hendrix, a cult fave for her role as Lisa Looter in “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion,” has a one shot scene as David’s perennially stoned wife, Audrey.
Salamoff has included a host of special features on his DVD, including bios, a still gallery, behind the scenes footage (where we see side by side comparisons of the two films), deleted scenes, a gag reel, and two commercials: one for “Unbreakable” action figures where David gets medieval on Elijah, and one for Salamoff’s next film, AL.I., the heartwarming story of a boxer who finds out he isn’t human.



Posted on May 23, 2003 in Reviews by
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