Title: Bad Milo
Directed by: Jacob Vaughan
Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Kumail Nanjiani and Mary Kay Place
Running time: 85 minutes, Rated R, Available On Demand/iTunes & in theaters October 4
Duncan has been having some gastrointestinal problems that seem to be coming from all the stress he’s enduring in his daily life – his asshole boss (Warburton), his inappropriately over sharing mom and much younger stepdad (Place & Nanjiani), his dismissive new-age dad (Root) and his sweet but pressuring wife Sarah (Jacobs). He decides to see a therapist (Stormare) who discovers the root of his gut problems: a gremlin-like creature that lives in Duncan’s intestines who only comes out to kill those who are angering Duncan. Soon the media is covering various gruesome murders that they’re pinning on rabid raccoons. Duncan must find a way to calm his “demon” and prevent it from killing someone he actually loves.
If people were apprehensive about colonoscopies, here’s another reason. Which is worse news from your gastroenterologist, a polyp or a butt demon? Milo has a giant head, but we’re supposed to suspend disbelief that he can just crawl in an out without tearing up Ken Marino’s anus after one of the most painful “guy on toilet scenes” I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen German porn.
Bad Milo is easy a cult film. It’s one of those love it or hate it flicks, and I loved it. The cast is wonderful, Peter Stormare as the therapist is funny as hell. The puppet effects were sometimes hokey, but weirdly charming; Milo is adorable and yet gross. Cute enough to cuddle, but who would want to? I now have a new name for agonizing stomach pain and bowel movements and it’s Milo.
Total Rating: A
Reviewed by: JM Willis