I Married a Strange Person!
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted May 21, 2000
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Movie:
I Married a Strange Person, an animated feature by Bill Plympton, starts off with this quote from Pablo Picasso: "Ah, Good Taste, what a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativity." If anything would serve as a warning for what you're about to experience, it is that quote. Immediately afterwards, two birds, in the middle of sex, plummet to the earth and crash into Grants' satellite dish. Grant, the main character of the movie, is watching TV at the time, and a surge of electricity zaps him, causing a growth to appear on the back of his neck. With this growth, Grant is able to manipulate the world around him, causing his fantasies to come to life. It's not long before a neighbor is affected by these powers; while riding on his lawnmower, this neighbor is attacked by a giant blade of grass, and then chased down for practicing horticultural genocide. He survives, and then calls a TV network. Before long Grant is on national TV, and everyone from a stand up comedian, to an Army Colonel want this growth for themselves…but Grant's wife just wants life to return to normal.

Although this movie approaches being funny in a few places, it never succeeds because the movie has a warped and offensive sense of humor. Most everyone will be offended at least once during the course of the movie, which is a real turn off, as the idea itself isn't half bad. Here's a sample of the things you'll be exposed to, if you watch this movie: A comedian spits up, and then juggles his organs, and later his body parts; Grant makes balloon animals out of his wife's chest during sex; Grants' wife lassos and hogties a soldier with another soldier's entrails; a solider "surfs" across the room on the opened carcass of a person, leaving a trail of blood; and during Grant's father-in-law's prayer, he swears and rants about taxes.

Picture:
I Married a Strange Person! is presented in 1.66:1 widescreen. Although not terribly impressive, the picture is fine throughout the movie, with only slight grain (more than likely intentional) present.

Sound:
I Married a Strange Person! comes in one audio flavor – Dolby 2.0 Mono. For what it is, its not bad, but with all the explosions and gun shots, a more dynamic audio mix would have been nice.

Extras:
For extras, you get your choice of one language (English) and two subtitle options (English and None). There's also 16 chapter stops (the movie lasts 73 minutes), and the trailer presented in full frame. A commentary or interview with Plympton explaining his intentions, the visuals, the characters, inspirations, etc. would have been nice, and might have added more to the movie, but is sadly not present.

Summary:
I Married a Strange Person! contains frank sexual subject matter, offensive imagery, and a downright bizarre plot; and because of this, the movie will appeal to very few people. Combine this with the fact that the DVD has only passable audio and very few extras, and you have a great reason that even those interested in the movie should rent first, not buy. To all others, skip this movie – you won't regret it.



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