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Who is KK Downey?
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Darren Curtis, Pat Kiely


Who Is KK Downey? is the story of two perennial losers who want more than anything to be famous, popular, and successful. The only thing is, Terrence's Indie band is a joke, and Theo can't get Truck Stop Hustler, his touching book about a young male prostitute, published anywhere. Things change, however, when they decide to print Theo's book under the name of its fictional protagonist: KK Downey. The book becomes a sensation, with over-privileged twenty-somethings wanting desperately to identify with the tragic figure.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 90 minutes

YEAR - 2008

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - Canada

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Color

CAST  
Darren Curtis Terrance Permenstein/ KK Downey
Kristin Adams Sue Byrkritt
Matt Silver Theo Huxtable
Dan Haber Frankie Lola
Pat Kiely Connor Rooney
Paul Spence Brett

Director

Pat Kiely

Director

Darren Curtis

Producer

Pat Kiely

Producer

Kieran Crilly

Producer

Darren Curtis

Writer

Matt Silver

Writer

Darren Curtis

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Press

"...'Who Is KK Downey?' is the real thing. Feature debut of Montreal's Kidnapper comedy troupe is a truly funny movie..."

-John Anderson, Variety"

"Touching, hilarious and vulgar, "Who is KK Downey?" is what most indie comedies aspire to be."-Mariko McDonald, Film Threat

"...the debut film from Montreal's Kidnapper ensemble, the Canadian comedy tradition of SCTV and Kids in the Hall is thriving in a new generation"

 

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starstarstarhalf a starThe Film Behind The Downey

written by dmt5 on Jun 23rd, 2010read all my reviews

this review is from: Who is KK Downey? (DVD)

Who is KK Downey? It is an appropriate question to ask on multiple levels. Not only can it be applied to the character in the film, but it can also be leveled at the film itself. KK Downey is a bizarre amalgamation of ideas and comedic tropes, seemingly thrown together at will. It's a vulgar and at times schizophrenic film than can never seem to decide how absurd it wants to be. One minute we have ruminations on the nature of marketability in the mainstream media, and the next we have car chase scenes involving male prostitutes. Characters who seem surprisingly human at the start of the film will become complete cartoons by the end.

In spite of this seemingly fractured narrative, KK Downey proves to be entertaining. The overall style of the writing can best be compared to fellow Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, only with more references to the aesthetic values of dejected 20-somethings. Like all good satires the film plays itself almost completely straight-faced; only towards the end do the proceedings veer into all-out camp territory.

In spite of the absurdist nature of the film the script veers into cliched territory at parts, particularly in terms of the romance subplot, and many of the characters prove to be unlikeable at the beginning of the film. There's nothing wrong with vulgarity, but there needs to be a punchline to go with it.

In short, KK Downey the film proves to be just as bizarre and scattershot as the titular character for which the film is named. Although the film isn't perfect by any means, it is an enjoyable and unique look at the price of stardom.

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