In the Land of Merry Misfits **
Written and Directed by Kevin Undergaro
Not Rated-Probably R for Language, Nudity.
"In the Land of Merry Misfits" will go down in Mattina history for certainly being the strangest film at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. A colorful, wacky, and zany adventure that looks like it should been a B-70's movie, is an instant cult classic that, if was able to get around, would be a prime candiate for midnight movie status. It also helps that I saw the film at midnight. "In the Land of Merry Misfits" could be considered a "Rocky Horror" of the 21st century. Narrated by John Waters this is the story of Will, who is traveling to see his girlfriend and stop her from moving far away for a job. On the way his car breaks down in the town of Bethany, where misfits run rampage. They are a weird bunch, generating from a Junkie to a group of men that dress in rabbit costumes for the Bunny Scouts. Will meets Heather, a beautiful woman that helps the misfits after a tradgey in her life, mainly because she wanted to have a good time. And Will gets involved in a strange quest for a "grail of popularity," as well as a mechanic that has to take his clothes off whenever he works on a car.
"In the Land of Merry Misfits" is almost impossible to rate. Because as a movie it clearly isn't anything groundbreaking-it is horribly acted and the over the top nature kills all seriousness. But it is special because it is unlike anything ever seen before, so I think a two is perfect. This is a film that will find an audience and could one day be popular at the midnight screenings. I really cannot see a full release for it, and many people walked out of the screening room. John Waters narration makes the film even more strange, and if Waters was involved it means that it is A-okay in his book. At the screening were members of the cast, who entertained the audience in character, and at times those little ditty's were more entertaining than the film. There was A.V, the director of the play within the films "Santa and Hitler's Christmas in July," and there was Monchichi, a large man in drag that sings a "Song of Popularity." Sitting right in front of me was Ronathan the Town Thespian, and when I heard the name Ronathan I couldn't stop laughing. "In the Land of Merry Misfits" has taken ten years out of the lives of all these people, a constant bruden and strain as the cast dealth with constant setbacks, reshoots, and even death. The introduction proclaimed that this film was "change my life!" While "In the Land of Merry Misfits" is not life changing, it is enjoyable and special in its own zany way, and certainly one of the more unique films at the festival.