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First we riffed Birdemic, directed by James Nguyen. That wasn’t enough, so we went on to riff Julie and Jack, also directed by James Nguyen. Somehow, inexplicably, we still wanted more, but thought there was no more to want. Thankfully, in the name of all that is good and slrpnl-y, we were wrong. There WAS more, and we got it, and released it for the first time anywhere: the missing piece in the Nguyen film-verse, REPLICA! We brought it to the world, raw and pure, and now we’ve riffed it, because that’s what we do.
The bar is impossibly high, but Replica might just be the strangest of the Nguyen trilogy. Yes, we’re using the term trilogy, because there is no term for “set of 3 movies with the same basic nonsense plot and characters but slightly different Hitchcock-inspired science fiction premise each time.” All the tropes are here: cars gradually pulling out of a very familiar driveway, office meetings about business deals with large round figures, dates between charmless humans who seem to be learning to speak for the first time. But this time, instead of birds angry about global warming or virtual reality romance snafus, the issue is CLONING. Human organ cloning, whole human cloning, all handled with the scientific accuracy and moral sensitivity we’ve come to expect from this film auteur. And happening on digital “sets” less realistic than a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper. Complete with performances by some of our favorites in the Nguyen repertoire of actors, like Nathalie’s mom, that one business guy, and footage of Tippi Hedren playing on a TV during a scene!
Helping bring Replica to light may be either the greatest or worst thing we’ve ever done for the world. History will judge that, all you have to do is sit back and laugh at the madness and the glory, riffed by Mike, Bill, and Kevin!
Conor Lastowka - Senior Writer
Sean Thomason - Senior Writer
Contributing Writers: Mike Schuster, Jason Miller and Molly Hodgdon
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