Wilbur Krump has just about every card stacked against him; with an empty bank account, a dead end job, a few extra pounds, and a cop who has it out for him. If that s not enough he still lives with his mother! So who in their right mind would want to marry him? Follow this improbable story of how a guy so down on his luck finds his way to the chapel.
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The DVD includes an interview with writer/executive producer Paul Laubach. He admits that he'd never written a screenplay before. But his 14-year-old daughter wants to be an actress. So Laubach wrote a script for his daughter to appear in (this film), and then financed it!
Laubach claims to be a real estate professional, who's made enough money in real estate investing to risk money on CRUSH(ED). He'd already known filmmaker James Cahill for several years, and Cahill told Laubach that if he could pay for the film (which Laubach did), he, Cahill, would direct it.
The result is CRUSH(ED), made to make a little girl's dreams come true!
Well, that's a common enough way to raise film financing in Hollywood. I've actually known some men who've financed films for their daughters or mistresses to appear in. This situation is common enough to be the basis for another film -- Mistress.
Such showcase films often don't turn out too well. As for CRUSH(ED), it's no masterpiece -- but it's surprisingly good for what it is.
CRUSH(ED) is about a fat man who has dating problems. He's looking for love, with little luck.
Comedically, CRUSH(ED) straddles the fence. It's part "dumb comedy," the sort that's full of fat jokes, and food spills, and pratfalls, and sexual innuendos, and dead pets. Yet it also aims for some witty banter. Some of lead actor Scott Ditman's opening lines seem intended for Woody Allen. Indeed, Ditman's hapless, unlucky-in-love character is reminiscent of both Allen's Play It Again, Sam and Steve Martin's The Lonely Guy.
Naturally, Allen's and Martin's films are far superior efforts in every department -- 5 stars each.
But I was entertained by CRUSH(ED). It's not a bad first writing effort. The satirical targets are very old -- past filmmakers (e.g., Allen and Martin, and many others) have covered this terrain before, and made many of the same observations about love, and loneliness, and the battle of the sexes.
CRUSH(ED) is better than Cahill's two previous efforts -- Snitch'd and Juarez Mexico. Partially it's because Cahill is better cast in this film (he appears in all three films) as a comedic stoner, rather than as the serious, kick-ass, action hero he MIScasts himself in, in his two earlier films.
CRUSH(ED) is a decent time-killer. It's not a first-rate, smart, witty comedy (such as those by Allen, Martin, or Christopher Guest). But it's actually no worse than MANY Hollywood "dumb comedies" put out by Big Studios.
Now I'm searching for more Scott Dittman movies.