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Movie Review: 'Sasquatch Sunset' is a Prank on the audience

Congratulations on paying money to see people in Sasquatch costumes scratch their privates and smell their fingers.

By Sean PatrickPublished about a month ago 3 min read

Sasquatch Summer (2024)

Directed by Nathan Zellner, David Zellner

Written by David Zellner

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Nathan Zellner, Christophe Zajac-Denec

Release Date April 19th, 2024

Published April 20th, 2024

Sasquatch Sunset isn't a movie. Let me explain. Technically, there are actors, it was filmed with cameras by a director with the aid of a film crew on a scouted location. All things that add up to making a movie. But that's just a technicality. The reality is that brothers Nathan and David Zellner have tricked a modest audience of indie movie lovers into paying money to watch them screw around in the forest. I can admire the audacity of making a movie as a prank on the audience but figuring out the joke doesn't make the movie any less of a pain to sit through.

There is no plot in Sasquatch Sunset. The film has four actors dressed in Sasquatch suits. These are quite good suits, this was not a cheap prank, it's elaborate. It's also quite a good looking setting that is beautifully captured by cinematographer Mike Gioulakis. And yet, what you are watching, for all the skill on display, is an elaborate troll job. They've got your money, they have you in the theater and now you are sitting there watching actors in Sasquatch costumes grunt at each other in between times when they are scratching their privates and smelling their fingers, picking their noses and eating it, and waving their skinny genitals at each other.

For the first 30 to 40 minutes of Sasquatch Sunset nothing much happens other than super-gross bodily function gags. Then, one of the Sasquatch characters gets high on mushrooms, tries to have sex with a mountain lion and gets eaten. That is an incident, I guess. It's the closest thing to something happening in Sasquatch Sunset. Other scenes are the Sasquatch characters walking through the forest, getting horny, not quite having sex, and playing in a meadow. And that's pretty much it. Another of our Sasquatch characters will die. A baby will be born and yes, you have to see the birth up close. and the movie ends.

The point of Sasquatch Sunset is simply to see how many people can be fooled into buying a ticket to watch it. Being a professional film critic, I didn't have to pay for a ticket, so I don't have to pretend that I found this experience enjoyable. I believe that if you buy a ticket for a movie you are going to try and give the movie a fair shot just so you can say you didn't waste your money. Thus, many people who pay to see Sasquatch Sunset will tell you that it has a deeper point to make about man's encroachment into nature or the things we have in common with the creatures of nature, but that's just a vain attempt to avoid admitting that you've been had.

Sasquatch Sunset is a prank on the audience. It's supposed deeper themes can be debated by critics seeking to justify the time they gave up to watch it, but the hard truth is, myself included in this, I watched the whole movie, we've been had. We've been duped into wasting money and time watching David and Nathan Zellner make a shit-post. As I said, I do kind of admire the chutzpah of making an entire movie as a prank on anyone willing to pay to see it but that doesn't justify the 89 minutes of time that I could have spent doing literally anything other than watching Sasquatch Sunset.

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Sean Patrick

Hello, my name is Sean Patrick He/Him, and I am a film critic and podcast host for the I Hate Critics Movie Review Podcast I am a voting member of the Critics Choice Association, the group behind the annual Critics Choice Awards.

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    So Sean, my question for you is: Since you are a professional reviewer, do they allow you to use their photos or screenshots in your reviews? I'm just curious how that works. Thanks for the review (with spoilers). I saw Jesse on the talk show and some clips, and it looked funny, but now... IDK.

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