The Bid (2021, USA)
Isn’t social media supposed to be this untamed thing that encourages edgy, boundaries-pushing comedy; providing a counterpoint to traditional ‘mainstream entertainment’? It’s disappointing, then, that this movie by Maurquis Boone and Richard ‘Filthy Rich’ Harris – who, it seems, have forged successful careers in social media and who wrote, directed and starred in this low-budget comedy – tends to mimic the more tired and tiresome of mainstream offerings.
Boone and Harris make things easier for us to follow by playing two friends – rappers Boone and Rich. They are at Boone’s house when police raid it, looking for Boone’s brother (who literally jumps at the chance to escape out a window). A police dog, Cupcake, finds and devours some Percs (OxyContin, say) in the house, curls up and dies. The two men are hauled off to jail, worried that killing a cop’s K-9 partner might attract the same penalty as killing a cop.
Rich is nonetheless pretty chilled. Boone is not; he is highly anxious and wavers between making panicked calls to correctional officers to rescue him, and inflating his criminality to impress and fit in with the other inmates. After Boone disrespects the prison’s shot caller, Imam (Saiful Haqq), Rich tries to go to his defence and is bashed (for not schooling his friend sufficiently well); Boone watches on and squirts ketchup on himself to make it look like he went to his friend’s assistance. Not exactly cutting-edge comedy.
But there’s more. Boone has good reasons to worry about encountering another prisoner, Mike (William Cropper), who is less than happy that Boone has bedded both his wife and daughter. Yet another is extremely cut up about the death of his cat. Oh, and did I mention that the guards single out the alleged cop-partner-killers and make them take Viagra tablets after their strip search, in order that they will attract lots of unwanted attention when placed in their dormitory? Hmmm.
For the movie, Harris was able to draw on his experience as a prisoner for 11 years from 2004 to 2015 on drugs charges; it’s not that easy to see how it helped. Nor do the succession of other social media performers who play cameo roles add much in the way of energy. Or humour.
Still, the audiences who watch Boone and Filthy Rich on social media are probably too young to have seen very many limp comedies of the Stir Crazy generation. To them, this might appear fresh.
Posted on July 4th, 2021 at 11:58 pm. Updated on July 4th, 2021 at 11:58 pm.
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