This movie was perfect. Bangers on 10speeds carrying a case of Pilsner in one hand, talking about the murals they'd paint on a black van "there'd be a lady, with a big f**kin' laser just, y'know, protectin'" , shotgunning beer, and looking like dirtbags. Banger culture at its best. If Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy had a propensity for RATT and incest, this is the mockumentary they would make.
This is my life story... (by jeffoneonone)
Well, not MINE, but I knew so many guys like this in my teens and twenties. Thing is, you gotta love these kind of guys 'cause what they lack in brains and ambition they make up for in lust for life and overall heart. The "headbanger" mentality hasn't been well-represented in most Hollywood movies Bill and Ted's, Wayne's World et al . As silly as it may seem, headbangers take their lifestyle choice very seriously and -- even if they are not always eloquent enough to put it in such poignant terms -- they are consciously rebelling against conformity and the pressures <more>
of modern life to do everything but enjoy life and have a good time.Even better, it was all filmed within two hours of my place. Just give'r!!!
This movie is a hilarious low budget look at what makes mullet wearing headbangers tick; namely beer, violence, and rock and roll. While much of the film is devoted to mocking and/or worshipping the "banger" lifestyle, it does have a profound sub plot running throughout regarding the nature of friendship and the way people deal with personal tragedy. With classic one liners such as "Plan B is pretty much to giv'er", and a filming style that will remind you of your high school social studies project, this picture is not to be missed. Filmed mostly in Calgary, it is a <more>
must see for anyone who wants a glimpse into western Canadian counterculture.
Two headbangers from Calgary live the destructive rock n' roll life while dealing with their fear of mortality. (by Donald Walkinshaw)
FUBAR an obscene acronym from the military is an amazing accomplishment. It tore onto the scene at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, after being turned down by the Toronto fest. The classic success story of guys who maxed out their credit cards including their Canadian Tire cards and took a giant leap into the uncertain future - and it paid off. Telefilm Canada decided to fund the movie after it was already shot on digital video , and "beefed" the budget up to $350,000 Cdn. They did a good job promoting the movie through a soundtrack featuring Sum 41, Gob, Sloan, etc. doing <more>
classic Canadian headbangin' tunes. This movie has it all: hilarity and drunken hijinx, intense drama, and incredible acting although I wonder how much the beer had to do with this . Go see this movie, it is much more than the trailers would suggest: much more than guys acting loud and stupid. It's actually a touching film, with a look at the two main character's fear of mortality.
Honestly the first 30 minutes of this film is fairly painful as we watch the main characters played by Dave Lawrence and Paul Spence go through their childhood, as twenty-somethings with meaningless jobs and non existent friends and six pack after six pack. Farrel, the documentary filmmaker, decides to follow these Canadian fellows and make a film on their "so-called" life. As one character discovers a health issue that turns his life upside down, the two characters and the filmmaker start a journey into the woods and mother nature to excise their fear. It's only at this point <more>
that the film really gets going and the director is finally able to take the saran wrap off the characters and let them emote something more than pure silliness. The production value is low but the story while simple is executed well. Look forward for the Director's next film about a deaf deejay: All Gone Pete Tong.
I didn't know what to expect when I saw this movie. Originally I believed it was merely a hang-banger movie full of death metal and smashing stuff. But what we saw was a hilarious movie with a real heart. It is hard to believe that it was a "mockumentary", the language and reactions seem so real. As does the language. Almost everyone I talked to who saw FUBAR said that it reminded them of a brother, cousin, friend, etc. I would recommend this movie to anyone who either was a headbanger, or lived in a small town. It is a hidden gem that I doubt most people will get to see.
Just Give'R, indeed (by MrCurler)
A great little bargain-bin film. The two leads are totally believable as your average clueless neighborhood headbangers. We've all known guys like this, and their dubious exploits resonate even as you double-up with laughter. Oh, to be able to join these clowns in turning off adult responsibility and "just give'r", if only for a moment.Great improvisation based on a three-page story outline. With over 50 hours originally shot, I hope the film does well enough to allow a DVD with additional footage. I saw it opening night in Toronto with the theatre about 1/3 full.For now, <more>
FUBAR is a silly romp of a mockumentary that mixes outrageous Canadian rednecks or there variation thereof with Motley Crue metal head-banger culture. The movie follows Dean and Terry, two head-bangers who think there lives are more exciting then they really are days spent wasted after chugging beers and tossing empty cans onto the street trying to get them to land between the yellow stripes . Farrel approaches them to make a documentary on their lives, and with little fanfare, Terry and Dean agree, only for one of the characters to face a life-threatening diseases. Off they go on a vision <more>
quest to celebrate life. The movie turns fairly introspective as Farrel begins to celebrate and understand his own life through the tragedies of his subjects. While the jokes are amateurish, the movie is enlightening and quite funny.
I laughed so hard I snorted my pilsener, eh? (by cristo111)
Just Give'r!If you've ever wondered whatever became of those stoners from High School 10-15 years ago, look no further than this hilarious yet serious mockumentary.****possible spoilers****At the great opening sequence, which is essentially a lesson on how NOT to drive, I knew this was going to be a hilarious movie. But I was also pleasantly surprised at the ironically serious message at the heart of the movie - hedonistic escapism may be fun for a while, but ultimately everyone has to face reality, however grim it may be. This is a coming-of-age movie about a couple of guys who <more>
should have came of age years ago. Paul Spence and David Lawrence are instantly recognizable and genuinely believable in their headbanger roles. Michael Dowse does an excellent job of balancing the humour sometimes light, sometimes dark with the pathos to make a funny yet touching tale of cancer.