Film: Bad Milo!

bad-milo-posterHave plenty of saltines and ginger ale on hand if you watch Bad Milo! (2013), a shameless horror-comedy that leans heavily into its core scatology. It’s the tragic tale of Duncan (Ken Marino), a down-on-his-luck accountant whose job and family life have his nerves on edge. Oh yeah, he also has a disturbing gastrointestinal issue —terrifying, deadly creature that lives in his digestive tract, emerging only to brutally kill whatever is stressing Duncan out.

This is an utterly silly, horrible idea for a movie, but Marino’s hilarious performance manages to elevate it: he shines, playing every ludicrous scenario brilliantly straight. Accomplished deadpan support from Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Kumail Nanjiani, Toby Huss, and Peter Stormare contributes greatly to what laughs there are, and there are a fair number of them. Still, this Gremlins-esque spoof only clears the bar by holding it so very, very low. Recommended primarily for Marino fans and connoisseurs of lowbrow culture.

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