Sunday, September 1, 2013

Excision (2012)

Pauline is a struggling student who is eager to find her place at home and at school, but her erratic behavior and delusional aspirations keep her from achieving the love she so desperately desires. Her fractured sense of reality will reach its breaking point when, at long last, she sees an opportunity to impress her overbearing mother and ineffective father with her newfound medical skills by aiding her sister in an unplanned surgery. EXCISION is in a class all unto itself. It will quickly find its place amongst the cult circles of underground film aficionados that gravitate towards quirky black comedies like AMERICAN BEAUTY, HEATHERS, or MAY. Richard Bates Jr.'s offbeat humor is always on point, taking sharp stabs at religion, high school hierarchies, and the American family that penetrate deeply to reveal society's rotten inner core. AnnaLynne McCord surprises with an exceptional performance as Pauline. She loses herself entirely in the role while fully grasping and realizing Bates' dark humor on screen. Traci Lords, Roger Bart, Malcolm McDowell, Ray Wise, and the rest of the supporting cast play equally well into the unsettling story and events, creating their own twisted world where Pauline's obvious cries for attention go unheard and unseen amidst other daily concerns. Bates successfully dissects the American dream and turns it inside out in one of 2012's crowning achievements.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like EXCISION:
AMERICAN MARY, FAMILIAR, WORM, GINGER SNAPS, THE WOMAN, HEATHERS, MAY, WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, GHOST WORLD, AMERICAN BEAUTY.

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