By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
I’m just going to keep this short and sweet. Bad Milo! is about a demon who lives in Ken Marino’s colon, and sallies forth to murder those who do him wrong whenever his stress levels get too high. It’s also a comedy, if you couldn’t guess.
Right now, you’re either in, or you’re out
There’s only one you can survive with that promise- be as bugfuck crazy as possible, and Bad Milo! does a great job of just that. The humor often hits that clever/ridiculous sweet spot that Marino’s Children’s Hospital owns. It’s silly, but silly with teeth.
Pictured: Silly With Teeth
Basically, this is a male pregnancy anxiety horror film a la Rosemary’s Baby or Prometheus, with a dash of daddy issues and Freudian psychology. In other words, there’s a surprising amount going on for an ass demon movie. At its best, it’s fucking bizarre. This must be what L. Ron Hubbard hallucinated to be so scared of psychiatry.
I also have to give props to Patrick Warburton- about as good a choice to play an alpha male asshole there is, and the use of practical effects: always the right choice.
While there are certainly some quality laughs here, I’d say the majority of the humor is more chuckle funny, and unfortunately some would be better characterized as “crickets” humor- lazy filler you can’t even muster the energy to lift a cheek and wheeze an airy complaint against. Speaking of that… the comic potential of canned fart noises definitely has its limits.
To be successful with this kind of balls to the wall flick, all your actors have to be on the same wavelength. That’s not always the case in Bad Milo!, especially Gillian Jacobs, who isn’t done any favors by the script, but even then obviously can’t bring herself down to the level of camp this requires.
Bad Milo! doesn’t always hit the heights of comedy, but is so unrelentlessly bizarre and committed to its premise that it’s hard not to love.
Who could hate you, widdle guy?
Take a Drink: for every butt euphemism
Take a Drink: for shit jokes
Take a Drink: for every “birthing”
Take a Drink: for “reinsertion”
Do a Shot: whenever something just surpassing disgusting happens