Title: The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose

Also known as:
N/A

Year: 2016

Genre: Comedy / Science Fiction / Musical

Language: English

Runtime: 95 min

Director: Johnny Buell

Writer: Johnny Buell, Zach Carter

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3565472/


Plot:
Life sucks for Ron; his wife just left him, he gave his only role of name-brand toilet paper to a bum, and his mother who’s been locked away in a looney bin has gone into a coma. However, a spiritual journey through the woods has revealed that life has a plan for Ron: he has to save the universe. He must stop the nefarious Dr. Nerjoose — Dr. Beau Nerjoose — from uniting The Great Dildo with The Great Fleshlight for his evil plans.

Our thoughts:
Have you ever had a moment in your life where you had an experience that transcended embarrassment and had a feeling of deeply rooted shame? The kind of shame that’s akin to knowing your family discovered the porn file on your computer, and while no one spoke of it, they all knew. It’s the level of shame that elicits an overwhelming feeling of paranoia as well because, while you’re aware of the fact that they know your dirty secret, you hope they didn’t click on the subfolder marked “Backdoor Sluts 9”.

Yes, that kind of shame that we’re all familiar with (don’t act like you’re not!) is sort of how I felt watching “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose”. A movie that I didn’t want anyone to know that I was watching but more importantly…that I enjoyed watching it too!

The critical response to Johnny Buell’s film seems to have been a mix of confusion and lamenting over the gross, juvenile nature of “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose”. It’s understandable since the movie is completely juvenile and wholly stupid but somehow — SOMEHOW — there is a charm amongst the barrage of dick and poop jokes.

“The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” is one of those movies that starts out as a bad idea. Well, maybe not a bad idea, but perhaps not as a serious. However, it's one of those ideas where there's something about it, something that inexplicably causes it to stick with you. As time passes, and this little germ of an idea continues to roll around in your brain, suddenly it becomes a series consideration. With Johnny and Zach's film, they took that idea and asked how audacious they could be with it, which is why instead of a gross-out comedy we have a space musical...that's also a gross-out comedy. And when I say that the movie is audacious, it’s because you can see that Johnny and Zach approached the material in the same manner that Luis Buñuel approached “Un Chien Andalou” — to see how far you can push a concept.

Start with nothing more than a rope and work it until you have a scene where a man is pulling ropes attached to two pianos with dead donkeys on them with two priests in tow.

I’m sure, by law, I’m required to go to 'cinema jail' for drawing a comparison between “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” and “Un Chien Andalou” but it’s one that I standby. It would have been very easy to simply make a dumb comedy with dick and poop jokes, but there was a push for the absurd. That’s why instead of a movie about a character like Ron (Jeffery Janoff) trying to un-fuck his life, it’s about him trying to save the world with a mystical dildo and fleshlight. It’s the same reason why there are musical numbers and a clay-mated bear jacking off in the woods. Johnny and Zach could have have easily left that stuff out and created something more approachable for audiences, but why? Why not make a movie where your main character’s interaction with others almost always ends with him needing to go take a shit? Why not make a movie about booty-worms and titty-maggots? And on top of it all, why not make it a musical too?!

They were willing to ask themselves “why should we do this when we can do THIS instead” and were tenacious enough to take their ideas as far as possible, no matter the depths of absurdity. And the fact is that this abstract proccess is recongnizable by the audience. That willingness to ask "why not" by the people who are making the movie ressonates in the viewer as well. As such, even when the movie reaches a point of being completely nonsensical, they, the audience, will sit there and say "why not" themselves because they too want to see how far an idea can go.

It may sound like a stretch or some weird justification of trying to make dumb and gross humor seem more important than it is, but that’s not the case. At least not with “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose”. I’ll admit that the first time I watched the movie I was shocked and put off by the sheer amount of poop jokes that occurred within the first 20-minutes of the movie. What separates this movie from other comedies (besides that audaciousness) is that there’s a focus and a respect for the material where it's treated with sincerity. Even though they pushed ideas and scenes within the movie, it’s not being done at random — jokes and gags are not merely being thrown out there to see what sticks in hopes of a laugh and the comedic style never changes. No matter how far the material or a joke is taken it remains true to this cohesive little oddball of farts and space-nuns.

And say what you will about the movie's content, but “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” is an impressive looking movie where its crew was often 3 people at most. Low-budget comedies usually resort to self-deprecation to mask their own insecurities — if the movie itself acknowledges that it’s bad then it can’t be criticized, right? Because of this mentality, care in the production can be pushed to the wayside. Johnny, along with Zach and Jeff Hammond, put care and effort into how the movie was made. It shows that this isn’t something stupid that’s just being slapped together for a cheap laugh — it’s stupid with intent. It creates a juxtaposition between the production and the material that reinforces the notion of audacious absurdity. Johnny and his team have the talent and skills to make something that could appeal to a wider audience but instead they made “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” because that’s what they wanted to make — for better or worse.

That’s what won me over in the long run; the fact that Johnny, along with his cast and crew, put effort into creating their movie and were willing to push it as far as they could. It’s easy enough to brush off “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” for its overwhelming juvenile sense of humor, and as I said, it was even too much for me when I first watched the film. The reason I was able to walk away with an appreciation is because I will always respect and admire that kind of attitude — make what you want and be willing to push your idea as far as possible — when it comes to movies or any creative medium. “The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose” is not a movie for everyone, or most people if we’re being honest, but there’s an incredible amount of charm and talent in the production for such a ridiculous and absurd movie.

Although there is still a sense of shame when it comes to this movie, especially after I caught myself humming the song “Hot on the Trail of Beau Nerjoose” while I worked around the house. I mean, really, don't I have any self-respect?



Positive things:
- Absurd and completely ridiculous.
- It's an incredibly well made movie. Great cinemtography, sound, lighting, etc.
- Great cast. They all helped in bringing out the ridiculousness of this movie.
- While the movie is absurd and juvenile, the production of the movie was still treated with respect and everyone involved put in a sincere effort.
Negative things:
- Besides catching myself humming one of the songs? Nothing, really.

Rating:
Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 4/5
Comedy: 3/5

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Reviewed by:
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