Poor White Trash (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
is an independent screwball comedy which has virtually no theatrical
release ($3,200 domestic gross), but is actually pretty funny
and even has a full-length commentary on the DVD!
Divorcee Sean Young (her ex is a professional wrestler) is the white trash mother of a boy in crisis. The lad has some brains, and could go to college and major in psychology, as he and his mother have planned, but right now he doesn't have any money and is just hanging out with his best friend and getting in trouble.
The best friend is sort of the white trash Eddie Haskell. "Mrs B, may I say that you not only are the best mother I know, but have the best rack I've ever seen on a woman over 30"
|As the film begins, the lad and his best friend are pouring real beer into "near beer" bottles in a convenience store, so they can buy a six pack. When the clerk ticks them off, they end up placing an inflatable doll and a firebomb in his car, thereby getting him out of the store long enough so that they can shoplift what they need. The plan backfires, they end up in court, defended by a drunken lawyer (Tim Kazurinsky- remember him from SNL?) because the sober lawyers are out of their price range. They are in some serious trouble.||
|They need to raise enough money to hire a good lawyer and pay for college tuition, so there's only one solution: a crime spree. Mom and her boyfriend agree to help. Their first small heists earn enough to hire a competent lawyer, who is actually the best friend's grandpa, proprietor of the mallfront legal enterprise called "Uncle Ron's Land o' Law".|
|Turns out Grandpa Ron
is the biggest criminal in town, and the absolute king of white trash
(he has a lawn sculpture garden made entirely of Budweiser cans, all
assembled in front of
his deluxe trailer). The hilariously profane Grandpa Ron is played by
I'm almost ashamed to admit I got a kick out of this unheralded, generally dumb comedy. The performances were good, the characterizations were pretty sharp, there are some genuinely funny situations, and Devane is hilarious. The biggest surprise was Sean Young. While I haven't much liked her in previous comedies, she nailed this role.
(Look for one robbery where they use numbers instead of names, similar to the code colors in Reservoir Dogs. Remember this is a family robbing together - "Number 3, don't you talk to number 1 like that." They rob a fast-foot joint, and also have the kids cook them some burgers and fries for the ride home.)
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