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Fubar: Balls to the Wall (Blu-ray Review)

16 Apr, 2011 By: Billy Gil

Street 4/19/11
Screen Media
$24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, sexual content, drug use, and crude behavior.
Stars David Lawrence, Paul J. Spence.

Fubar will not be able to escape the tag of “Canadian Spinal Tap,” nor should it. The film carries enough laughs and heart to make it a worthy entry to the metalhead spoof canon.

Friends and bandmates Terry and Deaner are concerned only with getting drunk and high. Deaner’s a deadbeat dad to his daughter, and the boys’ latest party gets them evicted.

Terry tries to hold down a regular job in order to make things work with Trish, a local waitress who has been around the block with all of Terry’s other friends — including Deaner, one night in a hotel while Terry is passed out. Trish becomes the boys’ Yoko, as Terry tries to man up while Deaner wants to deliberately hurt his own leg to get disability.

What makes Fubar work is that the movie never overshoots — the boys aren’t headed for stardom, and they know it. It’s more of a realistic take on what it’s like to be in a band in a small town somewhere, with campy, over-the-top characters you expect from a mockumentary. While it’s outwardly goofy, somewhere along the way Fubar becomes surprisingly affecting as the boys deal with growing up while still trying out their rock ‘n’ roll fantasies.

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