It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!

It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!


Reviewed by: Tony Sullivan

When a man with cerebral palsy falls for a visitor to an art gallery a series of romantic and sexual encounters begins. After one of the hero's paramours rejects him, she is found murdered and we’re off into a bizarre film noir with a true lady killer.

After Crispin’s 2005 Sundance debut with What is It? A somewhat free-for-all surrealist tale, it was something of a surprise to find that It is Fine! Has a linear plot. Yes, the imagery is guaranteed to shock and alienate the average audience. Beneath the surface lurks the ultimate empowerment movie for the ultimate movie underdog. This is revenge of the nerds raised to the nth degree.

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At times the movie is patently ridiculous, laughable dialogue (except you can’t laugh), obvious sets and driving scenes with back projection that would have been dumped from Perry Mason episodes, but we are in the fantasy of a man for whom life has involved unimaginable suffering. It would be easy to dismiss the film but for the wraparound that packs an emotional wallop hard to forget and justifies the excess that preceded it.

The screenplay was written by the film’s star Steven C. Stewart who was afflicted with cerebral palsy and ultimately succumbed to the disease before the completion of the film.

Crispin Glover is nowhere near entering the mainstream but his grasp of cinematic narrative has borne twisted fruit.

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Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2007
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Film noir fantasy for the unlikeliest of heroes.

Director: Crispin Glover

Writer: Crispin Glover, Steven C Stewart

Starring: Crispin Glover, Steven C Stewart

Year: 2007

Runtime: 74 minutes

Country: USA


Sundance 2007

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