My uncle was a repo man. It was his job to collect vehicles whose owners were delinquent on their payments. His “clients” didn't like him much. I'm sure he has lots of interesting and hilarious stories about this that I could share with you, but he lives in Reno and I don't really ever see him. There were a couple of movies in recent years with an interesting take on the idea of repossession. Repo: The Genetic Opera
is a rock opera set in a dystopian future where those who fall behind on payments for organ transplants have said innards repossessed by Giles fromBuffy the Vampire Slayer
. (I wanted this film to be awesome – it was merely silly.) Similar to this, and released shortly after, isRepo Men
, which is basically the same idea, without music, and starring Jude Law and Forest Whittaker. They are the repo men, which is problematic when one of them can't pay for his heart transplant and must go on the run.
But we are here to talk about the 1984 cult classicRepo Man
, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Estevez is Otto, a bored supermarket clerk with punkish tendencies. Stanton is Bud, a repo man who recruits Otto for the job after he gets fired from his supermarket job. What follows are all sorts of weird and wacky shenanigans, for, as Bud warns Otto, “The job of a repo man is always intense.”
Baxter Avenue Theater presents a midnight screening ofRepo Man
tomorrow, Saturday. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.
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