The Anarchist Cookbook R

The Anarchist Cookbook
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item number:  XTX 03008D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 6, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Screen Media
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Single Layer
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Jordan Susman - Director
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    • Filmographies

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 4,312
Rating: B- -- Think of it as Fight Club Lite; the film may not fully explain Generation-Next ennui but it does have is a winning immediacy and agreeableness -- and Gummersall, who... delivers a crisp performance. Full Review
Entertainment Today
Jul 18, 2003
A pretty bad direct-to-video adaptation and nothing more. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Apr 29, 2009
Rating: 2/5 -- The Anarchist Cookbook strains for a jazzy, Oliver Stone-ish look, but at its heart it is a placid and conventional moral tale about the dangers of wandering too far off the pathway.
New York Times
Jul 21, 2003
Because it never develops its characters beyond types, it comes off as flat and forced throughout. Full Review
Village Voice
Jul 15, 2003
Rating: C- -- You'll feel burnt by this one. Full Review
E! Online
Jul 19, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- The Anarchist Cookbook bristles with wit and ideas.
Los Angeles Times
Jul 23, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Stylistically inventive and really well acted.
TV Guide
Jul 20, 2003

Product Description:

Inspired by the legendary 1960s radical handbook of the same name, this debut film from director-screenwriter Jordan Susman tells the coming-of-age story of a group of friends living in a slackerish, anarchist commune in Dallas, Texas. The film is narrated in voice-overs from the film's antihero, the group leader, Puck (Devon Gummersall). Puck is a genius college dropout who inspires the group with a relatively low-key, utopian view of radical existence. Together with pranksters Double D (Steve Van Wormer) and Sweeney (Johnny Whitworth); sexy swinging feminist Karla (Gina Philips); and aging hippie Johnny Red (John Savage); Puck rails against globalization, Starbucks, and other stereotypical anticapitalist concerns. Their idea of anarchy is primarily about freedom and fun; more peace than protest. That is, until their commune is invaded by newcomer Johnny Black (Dylan Bruno), a nihilistic anarchist who favors a more violent, guerilla-warfare approach. Toting explosives, Johnny Black turns Puck's peaceful utopia upside down. Black's influence sets off a series of violent events, which land Puck in his hometown of Plano, Texas under house arrest. Once there, he meets and falls in love with Jody (Katharine Towne), a sexy Young Republican. Together with Jody, Puck plots the downfall of Johnny Black in a darkly comic and satirical finale.

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  • Theatrical Release: July 18, 2003 (NY/LA)
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  • UPC: 814838010311
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