Men & Chicken (2016) Movie Review

By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –

When you think of Mads Mikkelsen, who do you picture?  Hannibal Lecter?  Le Chiffre?  One Eye?  Well, thanks to Men & Chicken, you can add one more spine-chilling visage to that list.

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Doofus McDooffuck

Here, Mikkelsen is just one of a quintet of barbaric, cleft-lipped monstrosities, first the hapless university professor brother (David Dencik) he learns is only half-so, then three more on the backwater island of Ork, living in a run down asylum and serving their mad geneticist unseen contrarian father, “the Sausage of Death”, so named because every woman he father a child on disappeared under mysterious circumstances.  What is the truth behind their sordid family history, and why are they all so fucked in the head?

A Toast

It’s perhaps best to view Men & Chicken as a viciously skewed Five Stooges, with Dencik as relatively sane Larry, Soren Malling (another respected Danish thesp) as deranged Larry, Mikkelsen as full Id Moe, Nicolas Bro as philosophizing, cheese-loving Curly, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as doglike, sweetly retarded Curly.  Maybe one of them is Shemp, whatever.  Anyway, each are distinct comic creations, although equally prone to Stooge-like blunt force trauma, and each actor is fully committed to the insanity.

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Commitment.

Beer Two

Man, this flick is hard to describe… Dogtooth meets Napoleon Dynamite meets The Hangover Part III?  Like Todd Phillips at his worst extremes, Anders Thomas Jensen delivers a film that is more than violent and misanthropic- it’s just plain mean-spirited, reveling in its nastiness.

Beer Three

Forget the constant juvenile sex “jokes” which go all the way to bestiality and back again.  The denouement of the big mystery and the film is is deeply, imaginatively disturbed, and the fact the film tries to end on a golden-hued note of “family is family no matter what” is probably the most awfully cracked part of all.

Beer Four

Men & Chicken‘s cardinal sin, though, is one that Phillips has mostly been able to avoid- it’s not really funny.

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Due what?

Now, I enjoy a stuffed bird bludgeoning as much as the next guy, but many “jokes”, like Mikkelsen’s serial masturbation, wear thin immediately yet go on ad infinitum.  Shoot, before long you forget that’s Mikkelsen at all, which is certainly what he was going for, and yet is no compliment.

Verdict

Men & Chicken is uncategorizable- a demented, sometimes funny, always fucked up vision of a family tree that is more rot than wood.

4Beers

Men & Chicken (2016) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for family resemblances

Take a Drink: for beatings

Take a Drink: whenever Mikkelsen masturbates

Take a Drink: for gagging

Take a Drink: for procreation symbols & metaphors

Do a Shot: for crimes against nature

About Henry J. Fromage

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