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Animal Room

3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Payne Bell, Dechen Thurman, Eddie Malavarca, Matthew Lillard, Lori Heuring
  • Directors: Craig Singer
  • Writers: Craig Singer
  • Producers: Craig Singer, John A. Gallagher, Judy Richter, Peter Orphanos, Sylvia Caminer
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002JWZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Animal Room" on IMDb

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By G P Padillo VINE VOICE on July 7, 2005
Format: DVD
What an amazing piece of junk cinema this is. This is a classic example of someone not knowing quite what to do with the material. A judicious editor could have turned this into a classic harrowing story of teen angst and social responsibility. Instead it's a schlockfest of horror and some of moments which, in better hands, may have provoked unease and shocked audiences into contemplation of the situations at hand, instead provoke hilarious laughter. This, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but I don't think it was an intentional choice.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed "Animal Room" for all the wrong reasons.

Matthew Lillard gives what is quite probably his best performance, and it's wasted here. But it's still worth watching. As another review stated, "we all know young men like him" but Lillard pulls it off with a sincere creepiness and unrelenting

Neil Patrick Harris' as Arnie breaks out of Dougie Houser mode, and although he professes resistance to being part of this group experiment of social misfits, he otherwise acquiesces to his plight and it's difficult to feel any empathy towards to a character who constantly reminds everyone who much more brilliant, witty and crafty he is than everyone around him. Of course, were this to be remotely true, there wouldn't have been a movie.

As Arnie's old best friend, Gary, Gabriel Olds turns in a shiny, performance as the golden boy who wants to help Arnie get back on track. His performance, even as good and genuine as it is, can't help but provoke more laughter so out of place is it here.

It's also fun to see Catherine Hicks relieved of "7th Heaven" goodness as a creepy, alcoholic Mom who can't seem to keep her hands off an uncomfortable young Gary.
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By A Customer on August 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A very dark, sad story about a misunderstood genius becoming the victim of the anti-drug witch-hunt taking shape in America today. Spectacular job by the writer(s) showing the absurdity of classifying ALL drug users into one group. Enjoyable cameo by my favorite fiends. Will definitely be a purchase once the price goes down or I switch to DVD. (side note)- If you're looking for Malcolm McDowell in a jock-strap, you won't find it here.
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Format: Amazon Video
Attempting to be one of those trendy coming of age movies, but alot of ridiculous scenarios and stupid subject matter that focuses more on how cool it is to do drugs and be violent without real consequences, then it didthe quality of the character..Embarrassed to say I sat through the whole tbing. so stupid you have to watch
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By Emily on October 6, 2000
Format: DVD
Beside being a surprising disturbing movie with some really creepy shot of Asbury Park NJ, Animal Room contains a great scene by the legendary horror punk band the Misfits. The song played is actually the Kryst the Conqueror recording of Dr. Phibes Rises Again (the vocals are lip synched by Michale Graves). The band is a wonderful addition to an already great movie that should be loved by anyone lucky enough to have come across it.
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Format: DVD
this movie stands out in my mind only because of how bad it was. the front said "alarming echoes of a clockwork orange". note that this did not come from a critic but the makers of the film themselves. it was amusing to watch doogie howser roll a joint and drop out, but his performance as the painfully introverted nerd does not generate any sympathy. neil patrick harris is not all that bad an actor, and his mediocre acting in this film proves just how little heart he had in it. matthew lillard as the ultimate "droog" doug van housen was just corny. he's like the terminal "spookykid" from high school who likes to dress strangely, beat people up, and compare himself to satan. who hasn't met someone like this? the violence and "sexual content" are nothing to worry about, since at no point are they realistic. the futuristic element of the film is nothing but a dr. strangelove looking screen talking to the troubled youths as they sit in what seems permanent detention. i'm guessing this one went straight to video.

alex delarge would have b**tchslapped them all.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movies seems like it was meant to shock the audience and not much else,its attempt at the social commentary of our school sytems is quite laughable and mathew lillard is really easy to hate as the leader of the gang that torments neil patrick harris character. The films young cast are now big stars but when they starred in this cheap expolitation film they were all hungry young actors desperate for work. I was happy when the movie ended cuz near the end it got a bit overdramatic and needed to be shutdown.The director of this movie could have really made a great film if he would not focused so much on whats wrong with societies children.The director is to blame for the letdown of a movie this was.Im going to sell this dvd immediately cuz it doesnt deserve to be in my dvd collection.
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By A Customer on November 18, 2003
Format: DVD
This is not the type of movie I usually watch. I found it to be an eye opening adventure in the minds of troubled teens. I thought Matt Lillard did a great job-his character really scared me. I also though Ryan Payne Bell did a great job. How come we don't see more of this actor? He did a great job playing the bad boy. Overall rating of this movie - 3 stars.
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