Anarchist Cookbook 2002 R CC

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Armed with 'The Anarchist Cookbook' a disaffected punk conjures up recipes for madness and chaos, manipulating a group of non-violent protesters to escalate to destructive and dangerous acts.

Starring:
Devon Gummersall, Dylan Bruno
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Jordan Susman
Starring Devon Gummersall, Dylan Bruno
Supporting actors Gina Philips, Johnny Whitworth, Katharine Towne, Steve Van Wormer, Sandi Schultz, John Savage, Sabine Singh, Amy Greenspun, Scarlett McAlister, Bo Barron, Marcus Moziek, Todd Terry, Matt Prescott Morton, Ryan Thomas Brockington, Nancy Drotning, Sean Hennigan, Montre Bible, Larry Johnson
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lleu Christopher on January 9, 2004
Format: DVD
This independent film, directed by Jordan Susman, gets its title from an infamous book from the 1960s which advocates every conceivable kind of rebellion against authority. This film, on the other hand, is basically apolitical, despite its title and theme. It starts off in an extremely lighthearted manner, showing a group of "anarchists" who are more like a harmless hybrid between hippies and slackers. They live communally in a large, rundown house in Dallas. The cast features Devon Gummersall as Puck, a likable, mild-mannered sort who seems to have drifted into this lifestyle by accident and John Savage (the only well known member of the cast) as an older veteran of the counterculture. The anarchists start out as a comical group who could be members of a fraternity. The story is rather unfocused and not very much happens for the first two-thirds of the film. Puck leaves the community for no apparent reason and later returns; an improbable romance between Puck and a girl who belongs to a Republican group fills some space; there is an amusing but familiar sequence of Puck and a friend working in a Starbucks-type cafe and, naturally, getting fired promptly. When a newcomer named Johnny Black (Dylan Bruno) challenges the group to do more than talk and protest, the film takes a turn into darker territory. Johnny Black joins forces with some right-wing militia groups, which raises some interesting questions about political ideology --questions which the film ultimately abandons. If The Anarchist Cookbook has a message, it is a very vague one, especially considering its provocative title. Even when the anarchists discuss politics, there is an avoidance of anything too controversial.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Schroeder on August 13, 2006
Format: DVD
It's kind of a goofy movie. Nothing like what I expected. It's neither a comedy or a drama. A little of both. It follows a group of young people (well except the leader is old) who want to change the world but really just living haphazardly. More like hippies than anarchists. It's a group that looks out for each other...until Johnny Black comes into their lives and remakes the group into his idea of how it should be. Which is very destructive. Most leave. Puck doesn't like the changes and leaves but returns to take care of the remaining original members.

I really disliked the ending. It was interesting in a mildly entertaining way but I can't recommend this movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skylar Goldman on May 27, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie to me really just felt like a new version of the movie SLC Punk. Besides having the nihilist in the Anarchist Cookbook, there are countless parallels between the two movies. Best friends, tragedy, group of counter-culture hacks, counter-culture hacks disappear, etc. etc.

It was ok I guess and mildy entertaining, but not something worth purchasing. If you can rent it or buy it used for under $5 then sure, it might be worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on August 27, 2010
Format: DVD
The movie is largely a first person narration by a man who calls himself "puck." He is part of a lame group of people who call themselves "anarchists." They have no rules except, no smoking, no violence, no hurting animals etc. They are lead by an old hippy named Johnny Red. They do protests in hope to generate awareness and media coverage. Puck speaks mostly in clichés, bumper sticker slogans, and quotes lines at random from cult movies.

Then one day enters Johnny Black. Johnny Black uses the popular "Anarchist Cookbook" (which the group outside of Johnny Red have never heard of it) to generate bombs, drugs etc. in order to bring down the man. He also uses cyberspace attacks. Johnny Black takes over the group.

Meanwhile Puck gets involved with a young Christian Republican woman who is everything he is not, but ironically seem to have the same core values. Puck struggles between saving the planet from governments and corporations against rescuing his friends and pursuing love and normalcy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J Leary on October 10, 2004
Format: DVD
First of all i really do not see the whole "right wing propoganda" that everyone else sees. I do believe that democrats are against anarchy as well. The only reason that this movie does not get a higher rating is because of the simple point that anarchist were represented very wrong, they are not hippies (well not totally, they are like angry hippies). And i don't think anybody should be represented in bad fashion (hippies). The plot did linger a bit, but the story was there. The reason it gets a 3 is because entertainment value was good (but only for a rental). If your looking for a good movie to buy about anarchy i would suggest SLC Punk, very well done. As for the ending, anybody who didn't like it is probably just some sad teenage anarchist that wishes they could live this life forever and not grow out of it. The fact is that anarchy will get you nowhere grow up and deal with it. Puck did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Concerned One on November 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Dallas, Plano, and the suburbs are what Puk thought he despised the most. He believed in freedom, no order, and self rule. Then life changed when Jonny Black came into the picture. Full of hidden little puns and quirks (Jonny Red vs. Johnny Black) ect... this film tells a tale of cautionary woes on who to value as friends, and what to truely believe in. I think this movie was a bit ahead of the times, poking fun at the republicans and the way that they were stearing the country at the time (look at the election results), but it also reminds us to not go to far the other direction either, because both extremes can have problems.

"Take A Hit", see this film, interesting enough to kill some time on a cold winters day.
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