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19 Nov 2013

Home Video Review: Ken Marino Makes 'Bad Milo!' Better Than It Deserves to Be

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Ken Marino in Bad Milo! Ken Marino in Bad Milo!

The great Ken Marino (The State) stars in Bad Milo! as Duncan, a mild mannered accountant who finds out the stomach issues he’s been having aren’t related to stress.

Instead, an alien-like creature that is the manifestation of all his bad thoughts is living up his ass. When those bad thoughts become overwhelming, the alien creature shoots out and starts killing people.

Yes, I am telling you the truth: This movie is about some sort of dreaded ass monster that looks like a demented E.T. and sounds like Gizmo from Gremlins. The film is much better than anything with this subject matter deserves to be, thanks to a fully (and I do mean fully) committed performance from Marino, who manages to make a movie about an alien escaping from his anus both funny and, at times, oddly moving.

The film has its share of gore, with one sequence involving the murder of a fertility doctor being especially graphic. It also has some great, random-humor moments, and a couple of good supporting performances from Stephen Root (as Duncan’s pot-smoking dad) and Peter Stormare (as his wacky therapist). I love the parrot!

Other players include Patrick Warburton as Duncan’s selfish boss, and Gillian Jacobs from TV’s Community as Duncan’s wife. The movie is reminiscent of odd horror flicks like Basket Case and parts of The Human Centipede.

You’ll know within about 15 minutes if this one is for you or not. If The State or TV’s Childrens Hospital make you laugh, you might find yourself happy. If you don’t like toilet humor, you should stay far away from this one.

It’s available on demand and via iTunes.

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