Crude

"Crude" tries to tease some comedy out of an "Innocents Abroad" situation involving two young backpackers who get lost in Turkey, but the joke is on the film itself. What appears to be a promising angle on hipster vagabonds collapses under a bogus premise. Limited critical kudos could translate into some sort of biz for large and small screens.

With:
With: Paul Schneider, David Connolly, Yigit Ozsener, Ipek Deger, Mehmet Guleryuz.

Ultimately as hellish as being stuck on a long road trip with impossible travel companions, “Crude” tries to tease some comedy out of an “Innocents Abroad” situation involving two young Yank backpackers who get lost in Turkey, but the joke is finally on the film itself. What at first appears to be a promising angle on hipster vagabonds featuring Paul Schneider of David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls” quickly collapses under a bogus premise. Astoundingly, pic snared jury prizes at both the L.A. and Seattle fests, so limited critical kudos could translate into some sort of marginal biz for large and small screens.

Gabe (Schneider) loses his wallet and cash soon after he and pal Bryce (David Connolly) venture into Istanbul from points West. Pair, armed with a tiny vid camera, hatch a ludicrous strategy for financial recovery by searching for in-country terrorists and doing exclusive interviews with them. They hook up with Ali (Yigit Ozsener), who agrees to drive them cross-country on the wild goose chase. Not so wild, actually; just dumb and boring.

Crude

U.S.-Turkey

Production: An Acebrook Ltd., Kinomad Prods. presentation. Produced by Mehmet Eryilmaz. Executive producers, Lisa Muskat, Phyllis Kaufman. Directed by Paxton Winters. Screenplay, Kerimcan Guleryuz, Winters, Oliver Perrin; story, Winters, Sam Orton.

Crew: Camera (Arri Munich color), Winters; editor, Aylin Zoi Tinei. Reviewed at IFP Los Angeles Film Festival (Narrative), June 16, 2003. English, Turkish dialogue. Running time: 83 MIN.

With: With: Paul Schneider, David Connolly, Yigit Ozsener, Ipek Deger, Mehmet Guleryuz.

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