The problem isn't just that it's long, it's what needs to be cut. I can't believe I'm saying this, but they need to cut the most extreme of the content and shoot for a straight R rating.
See, Pons is trying to tell a morality tale while showing insane amounts of extreme content. He's seen A Serbian Film one too many times, and this film starts to feel like a checklist of transgressions. Clown masturbation? Check. Rapes? Check. Torturing children? Check. Graphic murder of a fetus? Check. Clown penis? Check. (Yes, I said clown penis. Yes, it had a clown face on it.)
The extreme content doesn't serve the film. Take that penis for example. That could have been a funny moment, but it's revealed immediately following the brutal beating of a young, pretty girl, and immediately before her attempted rape. All portrayed very graphically and realistically. That's not fun, so to shove something fun in the middle just comes off as jarring and bizarre, not entertaining.
The movie is full of moments like this. Papa Corn getting hot and bothered as he watches through the window at Mrs. Johnson's infidelity is played for laughs...then it goes on and becomes graphic masturbation, and that just makes it...icky. One second, it's over-the-top insanity. The next, gritty, realistic perversion and violence. It's an uneven mess.
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