Basically, this is a movie in which two half-assed couplesbarely lit old flames Matt (Ross Partridge) and Catherine (Elise Muller) and more-like-siblings Chad (Steve Zissis) and Michelle (Greta Gerwig)decide to spend a weekend in a middle-of-nowhere retreat to write the Great American Independent Film. Things go awry, however, when their backwoodsy brainstorming is interrupted by a dude with a paper bag over his headah, the makings of your conventional horror pic (yawn). Only brothers Jay and Mark Duplasslast seen stuffing their Puffy Chairarent making a horror pic; the movies about as scary as a shadow puppet. Rather, its an indie about indiesmeta, right? But also mighty effective if youre into idle, drunken chit-chat about getting laid while waiting out the bogeyman in the bushes. The movies better in its first half, when it pokes gentle fun at the film-festival circuit where Bagheads been stretching its legs since it debuted at Sundance in January. But I would love to see the overwrought bit o nonsense shown during the films opening minute, when the foursome attend a film-fest screening of We Are Naked. Best joke in the picture.
Aug. 1-7, 2008