"The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" is a (mostly) live-action first feature by David Russo, who's made several well-received animated shorts -- and this peculiar, rather pointless mix of snark and whimsy might've worked better in that format.

“The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle” is a (mostly) live-action first feature by David Russo, who’s made several well-received animated shorts — and this peculiar, rather pointless mix of snark and whimsy might’ve worked better in that format. Tale of punky protags suffering weird side effects from an experimental food addictive — including men giving birth to fluorescent blue “butt fish” — is more irksome than amusing. Outside the fest circuit, prospects will be slim.

Fired from his white-collar “datameister” job, Dory (Marshall Allman of TV’s “Prison Break”) lands at Spiffy Jiffy Janitorial Services, where fellow employees include would-be artist OC (Vince Vieluf) and horny young couple Ethyl (Tania Raymonde) and Methyl (Tygh Runyan). The office building they clean includes a test-marketing company where Tracy (Natasha Lyonne) tries out “self-warming” cookies on unsuspecting human guinea pigs — namely, the trash-raiding Spiffy crew. They begin experiencing addiction, hallucinations (which encompass some animated elements), then, finally, winged-gollywog pregnancies. Perfs and packaging are OK, but apart from a couple oddly sweet late moments, this strained effort recalls the many less inspired quirkfests that followed in “Repo Man’s” wake 25 years ago.

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle

Production

A Congenital Engine production. (International sales: Visit Films, New York.) Produced by Peggy Case. Executive producer, Michael Seiwerath. Directed, written by David Russo.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Neil Holcomb; editor, Billy McMillin; music, Awesome; production designer, Christopher Swenson. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Spectrum), Jan. 22, 2009. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Marshall Allman, Vince Vieluf, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan, Matt Smith.
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