/slash ½ 2017 – Day 2: Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman
Netherlands 2016
Written by Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil
Directed by Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil
Watched on 05.05.2017

I once again had a /slash pass which allowed me to watch all movies. In the run-up, I was worried the most about “Ron Goosens”, since I feared that it simply wouldn’t be my kind of humor. Taking that into account, it was better than I feared, but still, it wasn’t really my cup of tea. That said, the beginning, surprisingly, was quite promising and funny – which refers to both the scene before and after the (Bond-inspired) intro. However, with its very one-dimensional characters, the rather puerile, immature humor, a couple of gags that didn’t work for me (sorry, I just don’t find pedophilia funny) and a rather predictable story, it lost its appeal quickly for me. I’m also in the happy position of not being able to relate to Ron Goosens and his friends (often termed as “lowlifes”). Nevertheless, there was the occasional joke that made me laugh (especially the hilarious “Stay”-montage), and I also quite liked how it, despite all comedic elements, turns out to be an actually rather dark and tragic tale. And with an economical runtime of just 82 minutes, it was short enough to never get boring (even though the many post-credits-scenes – “Ron Goosens” seemed to feature more of them than even “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – threatened to stretch my patience after all). After the screening, a friend of mine judged “Ron Goosens” to have been “surprisingly bearable”. I couldn’t have said it better myself.


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