Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106 minutes
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Everyone remember that bit from “South Park” where Mr. Garrison said that he doesn’t trust anything that bleeds for three days and doesn’t die? If he ever got a look at Sharrie Heiman, the girl with the never-ending period, I think he’d wind up in a murder-suicide pact with Mr. Hat.
But yeah, that’s the plot…from the “What the Hell Were They Thinking?” department, Sharrie Heiman’s got the mother of all cycles–a nonstop twenty-four-seven period that requires her to switch to adult diapers and newspaper and eventually gets her into the Kansas City art scene. Because, as we all know, the Kansas City art scene is so hard up for new material it’s willing to take on splatter art from a chick who never stops bleeding.
It’s like that part from “Rejected” with the fuzzy little dancing things, including the one who can’t stop bleeding from the anus until he drowns, brought to a horrible real life.
Despite this truly outlandish plot that’s got a whole lot of holes (no pun intended!), there’s at least a few genuinely funny moments. For instance, check out the lesbian feast–split peaches, tacos, fish, pudding, clams, pie, tuna, muffins, even Tang…everything that could possibly be interpreted as a double entendre is on that table.
Okay, it’s over the top. You pretty much had to know it was going to be over the top once you took a look at the synopsis. And they are going to ride this theme like the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove”–all the way to the explosive end. Sure, it’s short on plot. Sure, it’s long on avant-garde weirdness. But in the end, is it worth it? Despite some big surprises, you can’t help but remember the fifteen foot tall waist-down assembly you saw stomping through downtown while someone started screaming “Gogina!”. All in all, “The Period” is guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve seen before. The only question remaining is, would you want to?
Posted on April 3, 2007 in Reviews by Steve Anderson
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