Idle Hands (1999)

Available to rent on streaming platforms.

I was recommended this movie recently and have been kinda putting it off to catch up on my watch list. It was old, it looked very cheesy, and I also thought it would just be a regular mediocre horror movie. “Idle Hand”is a weird dark comedy that satirizes a bunch of old horror cliches and tropes and I actually enjoyed it. It didn’t take itself too seriously, the humor was pretty funny when it hit, and it was surprisingly pretty smart for its time. What I mean by that is that there weren’t too many movies at the time that satirized the horror genre. Or at least not many that did it correctly. The movie centers around young Anton, a teen who has recently discovered that his parents have been murdered and is having to deal with the new found information of the murders. With the help of his friends, he tries to end this series of murders and also tries to get with the girl next door.

As I mentioned before, the movie looked very cheesy before watching and it definitely delivered on the cheese factor. The jokes were extremely hit or miss, the characters were pretty wholesome but cringey at times (even though they were technically meant to be cringey), and the practical effects were a little over the top. Once I figured out how self aware the movie was, the cheesiness made the movie a lot more enjoyable. This movie was also weirdly consistent, having a lot of callbacks to jokes and small details that I didn’t think were gonna get referenced again. The humor was also very reminiscent of Wayne’s World. So if you enjoy that kind of out there type of humor I would highly recommend. The director of this movie also directed some episodes of “The Office” if that helps convince you to watch this movie. I enjoyed this movie and it got quite a good amount of laughs out of me, which is pretty rare.

My Rating: 6/10 (It might go up with a second watch now that I know the type of movie it is)

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