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Brass Teapot, The (Blu-ray Review)

16 Jun, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 6/18/13
Box Office $0.007 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for violence, some sexual content, language and drug use.
Stars Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Park, Jack McBrayer.

As the saying goes, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. The Brass Teapot is a hilarious cautionary tale illuminating that tenet, as it finds broke newlyweds John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple) teetering between good and evil when they come into abundance.

Alice’s job hunt is going nowhere and John just got the ax from his dead-end telemarketing job. One day the struggling couple’s fate changes when Alice makes off with a mysterious brass teapot. They soon learn that the kettle is more than a fine-looking antique — it has the power to magically dispense money. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, genie-in-a-bottle, make-a-wish pot. Rather, the brass teapot’s strength comes alive when pain is inflicted. 

John and Alice spend the majority of the film stockpiling the dough through ridiculous and, eventually, dangerous means, ranging from stubbed shins and rough sex to broken limbs and everything you can imagine in between. To them, pain is temporary and worth the material pleasures that result: the coveted mansion, the fancy car, the expensive dinners, the designer threads.

The Brass Teapot, however, becomes sobering when the duo’s lives are jeopardized and their morals and friendships are sacrificed — all from their own doing. Going against one man’s serious urgings, Alice and John take their desires for wealth to extreme levels, and it’s amusing to sit back and watch how funny it can be when good intentions turn bad, anticipating when enough will be enough.

As always, Temple (Jack and Diane) is magnetic, and the chemistry between her and Angarano is palpable. Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) is quite the scene-stealer as Alice’s good-natured, vegan brother-in-law, while the film also features Bobby Moynihan of “Saturday Night Live,” Alia Shawkat of “Arrested Development” and Alexis Bledel of “Gilmore Girls” in memorable minor roles.

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