Right in the middle of the world premeire screening of “Sasquatch Dumpling Gang” at Slamdance in January, I whipped out my cel phone (Yes! I did it! DURING a film…) and sent the following txt msg to a friend: “im watchin the nxt Nap D”
This, only after catching my breath between fits of laughter.
To compare the film to “Napoleon” may create unfair expectations.
I actually think it’s funnier.
But it is also decidedly quirkier. (My fiance, who loves “Napoleon,” cared for “Sasquatch” not at all.)
Its style harkens back to cheesy 70’s and 80’s kids films (like “Apple Dumpling Gang”) with elements of “Revenge of the Nerds,” the fractured time structure of “Pulp Fiction” and the sensibility of an “Encyclopedia Brown” mystery featuring Laser-tag/Renaisance Festival set. There’s also a “Dumb and Dumber” meets “Beavis and Butt-Head” duo (played by Justin Long and Joey Kern) who run away with the film. This latter-day Norton and Cramden, called Zerk and Shirts, drop more memorable quotes than a John Bartlett tome.