Title: Purgatory Comics

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Year: 2009

Genre: Independent / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Ralph Suarez

Writer: Ralph Suarez

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1387440/

Cola (Angela Benedict) finds herself suddenly without a job, and the panic takes her to a little comic book store called "Purgatory Comics", where she goes to get a paper bag to breathe through. Little did she know that this was the place she belonged. She becomes friends with the employees and does some volunteer work for them. But soon she starts to realize that she has to get back to her past life and build it up again.

Our thoughts:
I really didn't know what to expect when the people behind this film contacted me regarding sending me a screener, but I looked around on their website and thought that it looked like a pretty cool independent film. So I said yes and thought that worst case scenario, it looked like it would atleast have pretty ladies. This quirky and partially silly comedy sure does have a fair share of ladies, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

Now, before you make the assumption that I think it was a bad movie, you need to understand that I don't read comics at all. The central story of this movie is about Cola and her past life, but most of the film takes place in a comic store and alot of the dialogue is centered around that, comics. The movie starts out with Cola and her issues, but as soon as she enters the store, it focuses on the people there for a very long time. Someone like me who isn't interested in comics got a little bored, and it's not until later that we're finally back to focusing on Cola again. Don't get me wrong, there are some really funny comic book jokes that even I can understand. My absolute favorite being when the black guy and the clerk discusses why comics are amazing (the black guy doesn't agree) and the black guy wonders why, if they are so amazing and artistic, people don't recognize Clark Kent as Superman because he takes off his glasses. Now, this is something we all have thought about, which is exactly why the response he gets from the clerk is excellent. He simply slaps him. I don't know if it sounds funny when I type it out, but it certainly made me giggle. So yes, the movie is funny at times, but to appreciate it as a whole you'll probably need to atleast like comics. Alot of trivia, jokes and facts are being thrown around regarding it. When the movie picks up a little more storywise towards the end, I'd say I was left satisfied with what I watched, even though I was expecting a bit more from the movie.

Being an independent film, the acting isn't always on top. I don't have a certain actor or actress to throw shit on, but there were times when jokes weren't delivered as good as they could've been. But like I've said before, I always appreciate indie people doing other things than horror movies, as a horror movie doesn't require as much to be enjoyable. You know it's true! Sure, to be a great horror movie it needs plenty, but if it's just gonna be fun, it might as well be a film like "Redneck Zombies". As excellent as it is, it's not grade A stuff. To make a good comedy or drama, you'll need a little bit more from the actors. But like I said, some jokes were ruined by this, but the story was held together nicely by the crew. While on the subject of the crew, I was impressed by alot of things, mainly that I thought it was very well shot.

Overall it's not a new "Clerks" or anything (yes, I had to compare it to "Clerks"), but it should find it's fans. It's hard for me to really get or care about all the jokes when they are often about things I don't really care about. It has the typical sex comedy that you'd expect, and most importantly it has atleast some boobs! A fun scene in the movie involves a comic book heroine ("Zombie Gal") in a fantasy, where she has sex with one of the comic store workers while a zombie is looking at them doing it. So, yeah, I was a little let down by the movie and how it focuses so much on comic jokes and trivia (duh, the title should've been a hint). Either way, you should know by now what kind of film this is. No masterpiece but it shows potential in the filmmakers if anything, and I think that after a couple of more feature films, they could be as good as any other comedy team.

Positive things:
- Bewbs!
- Zombie Gal scene was funny.
- Bree Olson, the adult star, is in the movie. That's positive. Why? 'Cause that guarantees, boobs of course!
Negative things:
- Jokes were often delivered wrong.
- Too much comic stuff going on for me to enjoy it.
- Should've focused alot more on Cola than it did.

Gore: 0.1/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 3/5

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