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I bet the movie derived from boredom at work, when director Daniel Kraus and associates realized that Jeff Townes' life was a readymade documentary that only needed to be filmed. You can tell that Kraus, and almost everyone else, loved Jeffy and wanted to give him the spotlight he always dreamed of. That Jeffy loved beer, women, Star Trek and wrestling normalizes him, and without his movie theatre friends, he would have never met William Shatner or seen Hulk Hogan live.
This is a touching story about one man's bizarre journey through life, vocalized through his dozen or so vocabulary words that end up saying it all. Credit goes to Jeffy's friends who participated in the film, and of course to the production crew, who spent only $6,000 to make it.Read more ›
In the world of Troma film distribution, every once in a while you come across something that makes you start singing "one of these things is not like the other" in your head. Jefftowne is that thing, a documentary that is not at all played for laughs. How on earth did Troma find this, and what were they thinking? (Unfortunately, I'm sure the answer to that is "people will laugh at this guy." More unfortunately, I'm sure they were right.
Jeff Towne is a forty-year-old with Down's Syndrome. He lives alone, has a job at a movie theater, and actually lives pretty much like a lot of other confirmed bachelors; he drinks a lot of beer, looks at a lot of porn, watches pro wrestling. How is this out of the ordinary? Because Jeff has Down's Syndrome, of course, and because he does everything he does to extremes.
You'd expect a movie like this to be exploitive, and I'm sure that's what Troma were thinking when they picked it up for distribution (and because of that, I'm sure there's a segment of the populace that will see it exactly that way), but it really isn't. Kraus (Musician), a friend of Jeff's, treated him pretty much like any other documentary subject you'd see captured on film, Yes, there's some humor here, but it flows naturally (Jeff is something of a raconteur) rather than coming from Jeff's lot in life. The documentary is sensitive and fascinating despite, essentially, following a regular guy around doing regular stuff.
The DVD contains a wealth of extras that make it well worth checking out even if you've seen the movie itself, including a short follow-up Kraus filmed two years after the original movie. Very good, this. *** ½
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I thought it a little shameful & you didn't learn anything from watching it. Matter of fact I had a hard time getting through it.Published 5 months ago by C. Conelly
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