Cleopatra's Second Husband
Harrowing yet delicious and often wickedly funny! --Filmmaker Magazine
Blackly comic & thoroughly unpredictable! Never goes where you think it will! --Detour Magazine
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It's when the film progresses to the dynamics of the two men alone that it encounters serious problems. The interaction here is much too forced, contrived; there's a lot of treading water here, but the water is pseudo-water and the treading is thrashing about without a reason. After all, why thrash around in water that's not even water? Without giving away the plot points here, it's just not credible that the dominant one of this male pair would continue to accept the ministrations of the other man after a major problem arises. In addition, the dominant guy's treatment of the other man is much too crudely handled.
This obvious lack of credibility ruins the entire second half of the film whose ending would otherwise be very creepy. But because the events leading up to it really don't work, the ending suffers considerably. We just don't buy it.
Had the filmmaker thought through the interaction of the two men more carefully and plotted the film in this middle section more believably, this would have been a significantly stronger piece of work. As it is, it is a muddle whose three stars are for the strong first half and some definite creepiness in the ending section. In addition, any title that requires serious cogitation to understand (after which it is STILL not understood) is perhaps somewhat suspect.
When it comes to bad movies, there are circles. There is the bad film. (And to continue the Dante allegory, Purgatory is the place where one finds those so-bad-they're-great films of which we all have a nostalgic library in our heads.) There is the awful film. There is the terrible film. Etc., etc. ad nauseam, all the way down to the ninth circle. In my own personal film mythography, the ninth circle of celluloid hell can only ever be occupied by one movie. That movie holds the title of The Worst Movie Ever Made That Does Not Star Hugh Grant. (The qualifier is there because <em>About a Boy</em> is, and will most likely always be, the worst, most offensive film ever made.) Since I came up with this analogy, a single film has held the title: <em>Zombies Ate My Neighbours: The Movie</em>, a film you have almost certainly not seen made by a bunch of amateurs who were most likely very drunk the entire time. It is the kind of thing that will make you want to tear your eyes out of your head and re-insert them incorrectly so you never have to be exposed to the horror that is <em>Zombies Ate My Neighbours: The Movie</em> again. Where <em>About a Boy</em> is the worst movie ever made because it is offenseive to the very core, <em>ZAMN:TM</em> is the second-worst movie ever made because it is so completely inept an attempt at making a movie.
Or at least, it was, in my universe, the second-worst movie ever made until last night, when I first encountered the bottoless pit of despair that is <em>Cleopatra's Second Husband</em>.
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i think i bought the wrong movie,and couldn't return it because didn,t watch it till return policy was over.did not even finished watching it. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by thomas asiedu
Honestly, I don't think I would have ever watched this film had I not known the writer/director, Jon Reiss (we went to Junior High and High School together if anyone cares). Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by Joanne S. Tomikel
I'm not going to tell you how the movie ended like the previous poster had, thank you very much. If you like diabolical movies, then add this to your list of ones to watch. Read morePublished on December 7, 2002 by LILyte Review