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Tusk (2014)

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A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

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Guy Lapointe (as Guy Lapointe)
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Girl Clerk #2 (as Lily-Rose Melody Depp)
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Young Howard Howe
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Storyline

When podcaster Wallace travels to Canada to interview someone, he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe who has many stories to tell about his past life during his interview. Wallace wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn't the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn Wallace into a walrus.

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Rated R for some disturbing violence/gore, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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19 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$846,831, 19 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,821,983, 7 November 2014
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Trivia

The word "chuffa", used by Michael Parks' character in his dialogue with Justin Long's character, was used by Bruce Willis in reference to what he thinks are unnecessary scenes during the filming of Cop Out (2010). Justin Long and Kevin Smith co-starred with Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999), and Michael Parks in Planet Terror (2007) and Grindhouse (2007). See more »

Goofs

The flag in the border office is not the right size - a Canadian flag is twice as long as it is wide. See more »

Quotes

Howard Howe: Hello. I am an old man who has enjoyed a long and storied life. And after eons of oceanic adventure, I know I do not wish to spend my remaining years alone while I have some stories to share...
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Crazy Credits

A scene after the credits shows Guy Lapointe holding his stomach and going "Ya just had to have the second slider. Ya just had to have the second slider." See more »


Soundtracks

Blow The Man Down
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Performed by The X-Seaman's Institute
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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You Will Not Like This Movie
20 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

The very definition of "not for everyone", Tusk is an oddball, absurd, twisted midnight movie that plays more like a demented fever dream than a horror or comedy film. I'd never recommend it to anyone I intend to ever speak to again.

Here are the reasons why you won't like it:

1) It's unexpectedly surreal, with little interest in the laws of reality, or at least modern medicine and police work. And it's not directed in an obviously surreal, arty fashion like, say, a David Lynch picture, which makes it even harder to wrap your head around.

2) It's got an odd tone. There's comedy, sure, but it's mostly a slower, more cringe- inducing variety than Kevin Smith is typically known for. There's suspense, and a bit of gross-out, but the film evokes more unease than outright scares, and the grotesqueries are more evocative of a nightmare after eating one too many sliders than, say, Saw. And it swings freely between the two with no warning at all.

3) You haven't seen Tod Browning's "Freaks", a classic bit of cult cinema that Smith has made references to in other films. In fact, you probably don't even know it exists. (Cinephiles will notice rather direct references to many of Kev-O's other favorite movies as well, including Silence of the Lambs and Jaws.)

4) You're Canadian, and your country and culture are No Laughing Matter.

If for some reason none of the above applies to you, may I recommend "Tusk"? It's oddball, gonzo, at times self indulgent and slow, but also occasionally very funny and strangely thought-provoking, provided you're willing to go along for the ride. It'll make an impression...especially if your short-term memory "isn't what it used to be."


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