Directed by: Frank T Mirbach
Written by: Steve Hudson
Genre: Science Fiction / Comedy
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Prisons are tough to begin with. Now or in the future. In this title, inmate Morris (Steve Hudson) is serving his time with the knowledge he's got his stash when released. A way to live on easy street for the remainder of his days. Speaking of days remaining, the problem is that the world is coming to an end. That's what all the networks say anyway. They've said it before though, time and time again. But this time? It just may be the real deal. The world is ending and Morris is stuck in jail. How sad.
For years Morris has managed to keep the location of his stash secret, through every and all imaginable jail tortures; including from what we're told, an instance in the shower. The interesting thing about this title is that there's not 'really' a bad guy. I guess you could say that everyone is a bad guy, but there's no real rival for Morris. There is the tattooed religious freaky guy, but it turns out he's not much of a nemesis. Just another character in jail. Morris's rival is pretty much everyone and nobody. They all want his stash but there's not a lot of outright attempts that we actually see. Until the end that is. Then everything makes sense and all the tricksters reveal themselves and the double crosses begin. Until then, Real Buddy is more like a prison film on surviving. Surviving what could be the last day on the planet.
So let us get to the nitty-gritty shall we? What did I think of the film overall? I liked it. Surprisingly much more than I probably should have. Real Buddy is a corn ball kind of title. It takes serious plot points and satirizes them but not so much with the actions and dialog. More with the musical background and reactions. There isn't a lot of outright gags, but the sound and way the characters interact and react is funny. Like a B movie attempting to be taken seriously, attempting to perform like a B movie. It all works. At least for me, making fun with satire without being outright about it.
If you can take in Real Buddy knowing what the filmmakers were attempting you'll have a jolly good time. A film that feels almost like it was made a few decades ago and loving every ounce of that feel it can muster. Not for everyone but for those who love their quirky movies, you can't miss with this one.