When I was first looking through the list of films that were playing at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival I was automatically drawn to a movie called Meathead Goes Hog Wild
MGHW is a micro-budget, character-driven story that was made after a successful Kickstarter campaign raised the team $6.000.
I loved it, I loved the story, the script, the acting, and most of all, how low-budget, and simplistic it was.
I thought the acting was superb. The lead character (Kevin Cline, also co-writer, co-director) was hilarious, and there was never a dull moment. When shit starts going bad on him, it’s still really funny, unfortunate, but still very funny.. Then when he finally snaps, the comedy quickly dissolves into madness and we are shown just how much of an impact a low-budget movie of just $6.000 can have.
The film starts off with our main character saying his final goodbyes to his beloved family pet. There is one scene that hits you right in the gut. All of us have had pets that have died, and it’s never nice, is it?.
His day ain’t starting off too good, and it’s not going to get any better. When he gets to work he is called to the office and handed his final written warning. He can’t help it, but every time a female customer comes into the shop he stares at their breasts. His boob staring has got him into deep-shit after loads of customers have complained about him.
When he gets home he decides to order some food on-line. Two hours later, he is still waiting on the grub, calls them up and has a screaming match with the poor fucker on the other end of the line. This is when the cracks start to show.
He then receives an email from his boss that pushes him over the edge. This is the start of his descent in madness, and it triggers a random, and shocking chain of events that will change him forever.
The best way I could describe this film would be low-budget slacker version of Falling Down. It has a similar plot (although told differently) of a guy that is just having a shitty day, and gets pushed over the edge. As movie comparisons go, Falling Down is not a bad film to be compared to.
The reviews I have read explain the plot in more detail. I have tried to keep this as spoiler free as I possibly can. The events I explained above happen within the first 15 minutes of the film, there is so much more that happens….I haven’t even mentioned any sort of madness, it’s best if you just witness it for yourself.