My Life with Morrissey; the Outrageous Tale of a Morrissey Fan Gone wrong
By
J. Gordon
11/9/2003 4:53:58 PM

Every now and then you encounter a movie that is so weird you just can’t stop talking about it. My Life with Morrissey is one of those movies.

Jackie (Jackie Buscarino) is not just a Morrissey fan. She’s a psycho fan. She speaks to and French kisses her wall-to-wall Morrissey posters from the time she awakes to the time she drifts off to sleep calling out to the Moz in a vibrator-induced climax. She’s a “career girl”—an administrative assistant at a TV studio, working alongside the most clichéd and poorly-acted cast since Revenge of the Killer Tomatoes. Director Andrew Overtoom (Spongebob Squarepants) tries to create a kind of Office Space scenario (Now that’s a great movie. Check it out if you haven’t seen it) whirling around Jackie’s obsession with her 1980s pop star love. With the exception of Buscarino herself, her chubby lunch buddy, Virginia (Carla Jimenez), and the mysterious Morrissey in the shadows (Jose Maldonado), these actors ought to be ashamed to put this movie on their resume, and the trite, predictable writing follows closely behind. But maybe that’s the beauty of it…

Every night, Jackie dolls herself up, gets out her star map, and runs around LA in pursuit of her man, which isn’t easy. She’s kicked out of various establishments, molested in a record store, and raped by a gang of lesbian high school girls. When she accidentally finds him, or rather, he finds her deep-throating his abandoned soy dog behind a dumpster, she is pushed completely over the edge. The excitement of meeting the real Morrissey makes her sick and he gives her a ride home, calling her ‘love’ casually. Well, that’s all the encouragement she needs to go to second base, when she flashes him as he pulls the car away from the curb. From that point on, Jackie’s decided they are involved, they will marry, and her life takes a horrific-yet-amusing spiral downward into utter and complete insanity.

Interestingly enough, the film contains no music by Morrissey’s band, The Smith’s,—no doubt because they couldn’t afford the rights. But that’s not really all that unfortunate. Music by the Hi-Fives, Brooklyn Bridge, Aberdeen, Nerf Herder, Mopes and Quasi fit the bill nicely and give these solid groups a bit of attention. To date, My Life with Morrissey has taken home a boatload of small festival awards.

You don’t need to be a Smiths fan to enjoy this film, and its low-budget ‘quality’ (or lack thereof) will keep you laughing even when the script falls short. The motorcycle wreck at the end, followed by a black and white film clip of a mushroom cloud, is worth the price of the DVD alone.

Bonus Features: Production Stills Slide Show, Deleted Scenes, and Director's Commentary

Bonus Documentary "Real Life With Morrissey" Ever wonder what makes Morrissey fans so... well, fanatical? Find out when Director Andrew Overtoom interviews the most hardcore Moz fans from across the nation! Stalkers, tattoo addicts, convention junkies and Moz-alikes -- get the inside scoop on them all, and the man they adore, in this zany action-packed documentary!

www.mylifewithmorrissey.com

DVD

Catalog# EDD02040
UPC 778854144491
Street Date October 7, 2003
Running Time: 80 minutes
www.eclecticdvd.com

• Manufacturer: Music Video Distributors
• Release Date: 28 October, 2003
• Theatrical Date: 01 January, 2003
• MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)

 

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