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Cheap Thrills 2014 NR CC


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(379) IMDb 6.8/10
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A recently fired father facing eviction agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor.

Pat Healy, Sara Paxton
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Director E.L. Katz
Starring Pat Healy, Sara Paxton
Supporting actors Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli, Todd Farmer, Elissa Dowling, Eric Neil Gutierrez, Ruben Pla, Claudia Salinas, Brighton Sharbino, Eli McLaughlin, Val Emanuel, Sam Ketcherside, Shelby Lauren, Will Leon, Danny Minnick, Sandra Valladares
Studio Drafthouse Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ahoffoss on March 12, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This movie is about as crazy as a film can get! Honestly, you never know what is going to happen next. The movie runs a total of 88 minutes,...NOT 37 minutes as Amazon lists. I'm pretty sure there was a short film by the same name some time ago and maybe the listing is getting that confused? Either way, when you start watching it, it seems that it only last 37 minutes, because it's constantly keeping you interested and NEVER slows down! Not only is this movie one "thrill" after the next, it's REALLY funny at times too!

The movie follows Craig (Pat Healy), a family man that is about to be evicted from his apartment. Poor Craig, he only wants the best for his wife and young child. After being fired from his job as an "oil change technician", he decides to go to the local bar and have a drink before returning home. It is there that he encounters his old high school friend, Vince (Ethan Embry). Let me just say, I dig Ethan Embry as an actor. I wish that he would get more staring roles. How he manages to pull off the role of Vince, I have no idea, but he does and he is perfect as a result.

As Craig and Vince begin to catch up over drinks, they meet a strange couple, Colin (David Koechner) and his wife, Violet (Sara Paxton). This is when the movie really begins to get interesting. After introductions, they invite Craig and Vince to play a game. Basically, they throw down a sum of money and a challenge and the first to complete the task wins.

After a few short scenes, the 4 find themselves back at one of the many homes belonging to couple. Colin continues to challenge the guys with seemingly meaningless tasks, until Violet lays down a challenge of her own.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 9, 2014
Format: DVD
An allegory of sorts for the Occupy generation, “Cheap Thrills” endeavors to answer the age-old question of just how far you would be willing to go for a boatload of cash. Especially when you’ve just lost your job, you’re being evicted from your home, and you have a wife and toddler counting on you for support. This is the dilemma facing Craig (Pat Healy), an Average-Joe, mild-mannered urbanite who’s genuinely trying to play by the rules but who just keeps getting dumped on by a world that seems dead-set against him ever achieving his portion of the American Dream.

On the night he loses his job as a mechanic at a Southern California garage, Craig wanders into a local bar only to hook up with an old buddy of his from childhood (Ethan Embry) and an obnoxious, borderline-sadistic millionaire (David Koechner) who keeps tossing money at the two men whenever they perform impromptu, trivial tasks for him. Things turn serious, however, when Mr. Moneybags ups the ante, throwing out ever more enticing financial rewards for ever more vile and degrading stunts.

Though fairly simple and straightforward on the surface, “Cheap Thrills,“ written by Trent Haaga and David Chichirillo and directed by E.L Katz, is really a modern-day parable about greed, desperation, exploitation and the dangers of unbridled macho bravado. It portrays, in miniature, a world in which a small number of people have virtually everything in terms of wealth and power, while the vast majority wind up with virtually nothing they can call their own. Craig and Vince have so little to lose, in fact, that they are willing to go to unimaginable extremes to get at least something to keep themselves from feeling like total failures in life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on March 28, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
"Cheap Thrills" seems like the type of film that makes an excuse to show the most gruesome and horrific sequences that come to mind and attempts to pass it off as entertainment, but it's actually a very well crafted black comedy thriller that sheds lights on human nature and what one individual will do when he or she faces desperation.

The film is an unexpected surprise from act one, especially when it comes to the level of acting from everyone involved. Besides "Piranha 3DD," this is probably the closest thing to horror David Koechner has ever done in his nearly two decade acting career. While on the surface, Colin (Koechner) just seems to be looking for a good time and a party worthy enough to satisfy his wife's birthday but there's a dark twist to Colin's behavior; a twist that isn't necessarily unforeseeable but is rather ballsy nevertheless. Meanwhile Pat Healy, who is no stranger to the characters he portrays being described as the creepy comedic relief ("The Innkeepers") or smarmy and treacherous ("Compliance"), does a bit of a 180 in "Cheap Thrills." Craig seems to be a guy who had a troubled past, but now focuses on being the husband and father that he needs to be. Scared of what awaits in an incomeless future, Craig sees a way to make ends meet until an opportunity presents himself with Colin's challenges.

Ethan Embry's take on the Vince character is absorbing. Vince is basically the muscle and debt collector for some shady investor (loan shark? drug dealer?). In his own words, he's still one step away from finding himself back in prison. While he makes enough money to support himself, he needs the amount of money Colin is offering to eventually step away. Violet (Sara Paxton) is very withdrawn, but reasonably so.
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