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FP, The (2012)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Pervasive language, sexual content, some nudity and brief drug material
Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu, Caitlyn Folley, Nick Principe, Brandon Barrera, James DeBello, Bryan Goddard, Rachel Robinson, Michael Sandow, Sean Whalen, Dash Mihok
Brandon Trost, Jason Trost
Brandon Trost, Jason Trost
In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing. From the producers of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and featuring narration by James Remar (THE WARRIORS), THE FP is a fury of fierce footwork, triumphant montages and neon street wear that Moviefone calls "a rare ready-made cult hit."
FP, The (2012) | Review
A Unique Comedy Vision...
Now that you've got a feel for The FP's peculiar brand of insanity, let me introduce you to the tale it has to tell. JTRO (Jason Trost) and BTRO (Brandon Barrera) are brothers, leaders of The 248 gang and master Beat Beat Revelation dancers. But when L Dubba E, leader of the 246, defeats BTRO on the dance floor, instantly killing him, JTRO swears off Beat Beat Revelation forever and leaves The FP in his wake. One year later, Beat Beat DJ KCDC (Art Hsu) locates BTRO and convinces him to return and reclaim The FP. It seems L Dubba E's reign has made things "tough in The FP."
JTRO's jouney back to Beat Beat Revelation hero is hilarious, raunchy, and possessed of a unique vision. The FP was hatched in the mind of star and writer Jason Trost as he created dozens of short films in his youth. But The FP can't be attributed to just one Trost. Brother Brandon Trost acted as the Director of Photography, sister Sarah Trost created the costuming for the film, and even father Trost (Ron) provided his land on which to shoot the film, and is credited as Executive Producer.
So The FP is a family film! But certainly not in the traditional sense. I feel it is important to lay out just how grounded in family and friendship The FP is because I believe where the film succeeds most is in offering a completely unique tale that was borne in the mind of a couple of young kids and blossomed into a crazy filmmaking vision for the brothers to make a splash with. The FP is an intensely personal, if entirely silly, independent film. The Trost brothers skewer their hometown, pay homage to the movies they love (such as First Blood, Rocky, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and even poke fun at their white, suburban, upper middle class socio-economic status. Nothing is off limits in The FP.
And it is that fierce independence, and singular commitment to a unique vision, that makes The FP a fun watch. Literally no studio on planet earth would ever have financed The FP, or supported such an outlandish idea from a couple of snot-nosed brothers. So they made their bizarre vision themselves, and stuck to their guns beginning to end.
All of that isn't to say that The FP is a great film. I actually found my second viewing of The FP to be far less magical than my first viewing. Although their commitment to vision is impressive, it is also fairly one note. There isn't an ounce of depth to this movie. Of course, that is part of the running joke. The gangs are fighting over useless turf (such as the town liquor store) and they fight for useless causes (such as the ducks in the town duck pond). And while that is funny, a film without any stakes or any legitimate character development can only really succeed as a work of style or humor. The FP succeeds as a comedy, but it is a film where the story, the setting, and the world-building are the joke. So I find myself laughing more at the scenarios and dialog than at traditional jokes.
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