Normal, the movie
Posted on 12/16/2012 in misc
A day in the life of Phin, a gorilla mascot at a Chicago used car dealership that picks up an odd job from a friend delivering a package to Normal IL. The zipper on the gorilla suit is stuck, so Phin sets off in the suit with the mysterious Mr. E and a beater dealer car to deliver the package. Along the way the car breaks down, they hitch a ride, they get arrested, and they escape from the cops. Then things get weird. Normal starts as a mismatched strangers stuck together on a road trip movie, with elements of young guy on a journey accidentally finds himself movie mixed with dork gets the hot girl movie; yet Normal mashes up those classic Hollywood tropes to end up somewhere different. My wife was not enthusiastic about watching the movie with me. She thought it sounded weird, she generally is not a indie movie kind of person, and I think the fact that we went to college with one of the stars of the film was kind of weird for her too. However, she ended up enjoying the film, and that itself is a pretty damn good recommendation for the film. I thought it was very well done. It was funny, quirky, and outright weird in places. The soundtrack was absolutely perfect. As a limited release indie film I'm not sure where you can find it, but if you get the chance buy or Netflix it or whatever. It's an enjoyable trip.