DOUG BENSON'S MOVIE INTERRUPTION: Shadowboxer

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and his friends (who, in the past, have included everyone from Paul F. Tompkins to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen.

This installment, Doug & Co. reach back into the deep crevices of the 2000s, and give to you Shadowboxer, one of the most unsung doses of cinematic unusuality the era has to offer. Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Macy Grey, Stephen Dorff, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mo’Nique, together again! The debut directorial effort from Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy, The Butler), which packs a hell of a unusual whallop. Nathan Rabin, writing for the A.V. Club’s “My Year Of Flops”, sez: “The same fuck-the-world-I’m-doing-it-my-way bravery and cavalier disregard for commercial calculation that made Lee Daniels’ Precious (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) an unlikely pop-culture phenomenon similarly helped make the barely released, critically derided Shadowboxer: Not Based On A Novel By Sapphire, Daniels’ 2007 directorial debut, one of the craziest melodramas in recent years. It’s a film so unlikely, I almost wanted to watch it again just to make sure it wasn’t a weird dream.”
Dir. Lee Daniels, 2005, digital presentation, 93 min.

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