Over / Under: The Boondock Saints
by Matt Goldberg
May 3, 2008
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The Boondock Saints is a cult movie for people that crowd around crappy movies. It's like they passed by all the good cult movies and staked out a claim on a piss-poor imitation that should have been forgotten in the dust-bin of Tarantino imitators. When people mention Pulp Fiction-wannabees, Boondock Saints should be Exhibit A. And yes, it came out in 1999, but it was actually picked up in 1997 by, who else, Miramax. There's hardly anything that isn't derivative, sloppy, and half-baked in Troy Duffy's first and only film.
Everything that's memorable about the film seems like it came out of some sixth-grader's composition notebook under a page labeled "Wouldn't this be fucking awesome?!?!?" He then proceeds to include protagonists that speak any language, recite an overly complicated and contrived prayer (something Duffy may as well as proceeded with a conversation about fast food chains and their menus in Europe), a transvestite detective, and a shootout so labored it hurts. The only random scene that works is when the cat gets destroyed. That's something that's worth watching back and in slow motion.
I can understand the love for films like American Beauty and Forrest Gump. I don't agree with it, but I understand it. Here, I just can't help but wonder why people don't take the single step over to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction instead. Shit, do one better and watch the films that inspired Tarantino. It's not like he makes a secret out of which films he used in crafting his own. Troy Duffy may have Quentin Tarantino's ego, but not even a fraction of his encyclopedic knowledge or talent.
The only good thing that ever came from The Boondock Saints is the documentary Overnight which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that film and an in-depth look at the bastion of delusional douchebaggery that is Troy Duffy.
Over / Under: OVERRATED!
Next Week: Running Scared