Butt Boy Review: Indie Comedy-Thriller Lives Up To Its Outrageous Premise

What kind of a plot would you expect from a movie called Butt Boy? For that matter, what kind of production value or quality of acting could one hope for from a film with such a silly title? Well, it turns out the new comedic thriller Butt Boy, from the team behind the Instagram sketch comedy group Tiny Cinema, is a very well shot and acted low budget feature with an outrageous plotline that the viewer has to see to believe.

Chip Gutchel is a mild-mannered, middle-class father who has developed quite a proclivity for sticking things up his posterior. He starts small but soon is putting remote controls and small pets up that most sensitive of areas. A local child disappears, and we believe Chip and his voluminous hindquarters to be the culprit. A few years later, Chip is back on the straight and narrow though, and regularly attending AA meetings. He becomes a sponsor to a detective by the name of Russell Fox one night, who soon enough ends up investigating the disappearance of a missing child at Chip’s office. After some time, he suspects Chip of the crime, but hasn’t any proof beyond his wild theory of Chip and his diabolical gluteus maximus. He intends to find a way to catch Chip before he can commit another evil deed with his nefarious bottom, or he will die trying.

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The movie, funnily enough, is played entirely straight, which then makes it all the more hilarious. The ridiculous idea at its heart makes for plenty of comedy fodder, so it’s admirable that the moviemaking team held back from the obvious over the top gags that they could have used, and instead let things play out without added zaniness. The entire cast, including co-writer and director Tyler Cornack as Chip and Tyler Rice as Detective Russell Fox, should be commended for their investment in characters operating in such unusual circumstances. The cinematography by William Morean is also top notch and gives the film a gravitas that, as mentioned earlier, aids the film’s straight playing take.

Having had a successful film festival run, including a premiere at Austin’s hallowed genre gathering Fantastic Fest, Butt Boy arrives now, April 14th, on VOD here in the U.S. For an entertaining distraction that will keep your mind off today’s troubling times and leave you happily scratching your head in wonder, you can do no better than to check out Butt Boy.

Recommended if you enjoyed: Seven, Insidious, F.A.R.T. The Movie

FINAL GRADE: A-

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