Trash

"Very Bad Things" meets "Pulp Fiction" in cocky slacker comedy "Trash." Rare among contempo Czech productions as an honest, if derivative, attempt at a yearning-to-be-hip genre exercise, pic has few prospects outside regional markets, but flags frosh helmer Karel Spevacek as confident and capable.

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With: Jan Skultety, Jan Plouhar, Ondrej Nosalek, Jiri Korn, Paula Wild, Michal Viktorik, Bara Stepanova, Miroslav Moravec, Hana Holisova.

“Very Bad Things” meets “Pulp Fiction” in cocky slacker comedy “Trash.” Rare among contempo Czech productions as an honest, if derivative, attempt at a yearning-to-be-hip genre exercise, pic has few prospects outside regional markets, but flags frosh helmer Karel Spevacek as confident and capable.

While partying heartily in a flat belonging to one of their absent parents, teenaged stoners Karel, Petr and Honza (Ondrej Nosalek, Jan Plouhar, Jan Skultety) hit upon the bright idea of hiring hooker Nicole (Czech-born real-life Euro porn star Paula Wild), who promptly OD’s. This sparks an odyssey through a cliched and comic underworld peopled with amusing variations on genre icons, including a hit man named Iggy (Michal Viktorik) and a briefcase full of money — small bills and coins, mostly, as befits pic’s shrewd sense of subversion. Along the way, some dozen popular movies are spoofed with varying degrees of cleverness, ranging from “Trainspotting” to “Fargo” to “The Matrix.” Spevacek gets points for chutzpah, though pace flags noticeably at roughly the hour mark. Tech package is trendily nervous.

Trash

Czech Republic

Production: A Bonton Film release (in Czech Republic) of a Bonton Studios Zlin production, in co-production with Whisconti, Zlin Film School. (International sales: Bonton Films, Prague.) Produced by Josef Nepovim. Directed, written by Karel Spevacek, from his story.

Crew: Camera (color), Tomas Kresta; editor, Zdenek Rygl; music, various. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Films 2002-2003), July 9, 2003. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Jan Skultety, Jan Plouhar, Ondrej Nosalek, Jiri Korn, Paula Wild, Michal Viktorik, Bara Stepanova, Miroslav Moravec, Hana Holisova.

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