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Party Monster

Seth Green , Macaulay Culkin , Fenton Bailey , Randy Barbato    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be FABULOUS! July 8 2004
To be honest, I watched this movie for one reason: Seth Green. However, I found the movie quite enjoyable. Not a perfect film--Chloë Sevigny's and Dylan McDermott's characters felt underdeveloped to me and some of the character intrusion and narration seemed unnecessary--but a fascinating, entertaining and funny movie, nonetheless.
Seth Green did not disappoint me. His portrayal of James St. James is excellent and his passion and devotion to the role apparent. I am undecided about Culkin's performance. Michael seems shallow to me, but that is actually appropriate to the role, as Michael Alig seems void of humanity in the interviews I have watched. Culkin's Alig seems a mere poseur to Green's St. James, who lives and breathes fabulousness. But again, that aspect could also be essential to Michael's character who seemed to be a club kid just because it would lead to attention. Mostly, though, I was wishing that Kieran was on the screen instead. Chloë Sevigny is underused in her role of Michael's girlfriend and I could have done with seeing more interaction between Michael and Angel. And some boy-on-boy intimacy. The directors were willing to show such outrageous costumes, copious amounts of drug use, and yet no affection between men despite the heavy homoerotic overtones between the actors. The lack of homosexual interaction wouldn't bother me as much if Michael and his girlfriend weren't shown in intimate moments as well.
This DVD is a pretty good disc. The print of the film is good, capturing the brightness of the costumes and parties and the changing color tone of the movie. The special features are decent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, Energetic, and Extremely Entertaining! June 30 2004
This movie is best suited for those who are at least interested in the club kid lifestyle and tolerant of homosexuals. I've read a couple harsh reviews, but they seem to have been written by people who have no clue what the party scene or NY club scene was about and are more concerned with judging than understanding this vastly different sub-culture. Some reviewers have even called the movie unrealistic, but this couldn't be further from the truth.
The parties are portrayed with incredible accuracy. The movie not only depicts what you could expect to have seen inside a club of this type, it makes you feel as though you are actually there taking part in the event. The lighting and colors used create a slightly dazed feeling, as though you're walking through the middle of a huge party, surrounded by a sea of eye-candy. The party goers are true to life as well. After all, they used old club kids as extras and featured some of them in their real outfits.
The drug sequences are almost too accurate sometimes, especially the come down. (At one point, they even show Alig sitting on the toilet saying, "I can't pee." For those who've been there, this totally hits home.)
Honestly, if your plans for the weekend include sitting at home with the kids and watching a movie, this probably isn't your best bet; but if you're looking for an adventure (or if you were once a part of the scene and would love a nostalgic reminder of your past experiences) you really should see this film!
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"Party Monster" has a unique history behind that production. The film is an interesting account of Michael Alig's life seen from his friend, but the most intriguing part of the film is that it features Macaulay Culkin after 9 years absence from the screen.
The film's directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato once made a documentary film "Party Monster: The Shockmentary" in 1999, which is based on the murder of Angel Merendez, also one of the aquaintances of Alig. Now, the same team give a fictional account of the same case, helped by the book "Disco Bloodbath" by James St. James, who was, besides Alig, one of the faces seen in the "club kids" vogue in New York City in the 1990s. This newer "Party Monster" features talented Seth Green (in drag) as James, who recounts the days of the party, drug, and the eventual downfall of Michael Alig. And you know, Alig is played by Culkin.
OK, but don't try to find out the "truths" of the murder. The film is more about the relations between James and Alig, or how Alig met James, and is taken under his wings to gain the short-lived celebrity status. The film, using flashbacks, follows the crazy days of party, drug, and eventual downfall of the man.
What is most attractive is the acting of Seth Green. His face might be associated with "Austin Powers," but actually he is a good actor, or far better than you miight think. See how he plays the role of flamboyant James with a slight touch of humor and irony. Remember, his debut was back in 1982 in "Hotel New Hampshire," and he's been doing this job more than 20 years.
As to Macaulay Culkin, it is true that he is less effective, but still good. Perhaps we have seen one too many "Home Alone" film.
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I've never read the book, I've never even known a "club kid" and before I saw this movie I'd never even heard of James St. James or Michael Alig. Realize that I write this review from this standpoint.
I enjoyed the movie, though I appear to be the only one I know who did. I thought Culkin's performance was remarkably (if not a little too) convincing as the ambitious, egocentric and utterly uninhibited Michael Alig. Seth Green's performance was almost as inspired and (despite how few scenes in which he actually appeared) Marilyn Manson (who I'm sure got jacket billing simply to boost sales) added to the giddie/creepie humor and overall mood of the movie. That said, it must be pointed out that the direction failed on more than one occasion. Though some scenes were executed nigh brilliantly, others made me feel I was watching a BBC afterschool teen drama. More or less forgivable. Art direction was amazing for a movie of this scope (and presumed budget). I've watched it a couple times, and will probably never watch it again for the simple fact that, as ammusing and intriguing as it may be, it's just not very watchable and leaves the viewer with the question: what the hell was that?
This movie was obviously made for specific cult culture; for those people who have either read the book, researched the incidents or were in someway connected to the "scene" that forms the backdrop of this movie. If you fall into this category, I'm sure you'll love it. If you like off-the-wall and off-the-beaten-path movies, you'll probably get a kick out of it as well. For anyone else: watch at your own risk. You may find yourself prancing around using the word "fabulous" at an inordinate frequency, or otherwise feel the intense need to scrub your brain off with steel-wool and turpentine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
Totally enjoyable movie, no problems with playing, great service, great delivery, I had no idea this was going on in the late 80's early 90's in new york. WOW
Published 15 months ago by elizabeth
2.0 out of 5 stars A peek at club kids and the N.Y.C. club called Limelight
I had a hard time liking this movie, mainly because Michael Alig is such a likable guy and Macaulay Culkin is just so creepy to watch though he does play a gay man remarkably well. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT movie!
I watched this movie the other night not thinking that it was not going to be that good considering some of the reveiws that I had read. I LOVED IT!!!! Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Seth Green, actor/genius
Seth Green is perhaps the finest comedic actor working. He carried this movie. Macauly Caulkin tries way too hard to mimic Michael Alig's physical and vocal mannerisms, but doesn't... Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by J. Brady
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Underdeveloped Characters.
First of all I would like to say that I really enjoyed this movie. My only gripe with it (and the reason only 3 stars) is the only characters we really get to know are Michael... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by G. Mangrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Monster is FAAABulous!
I originally wanted to see this video just to see Marilyn Manson, however I ended up loving the entire movie. The costumes were amazing - or should I say "FABULOUS". Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Anastasia
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick, Twisted and....Fabulous!
Well, now that this film is out on DVD, I finally got the chance to see it. I must have missed its showing in Philadelphia. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by C. W. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fez as Keoki?
Okay, I heard about Party monster when it was being made,but it was only until now, I had the chance to see it. I was very interested( due, to my own days as a "clubkid"). Read more
Published on April 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac all grown up....
I heard about "Party Monster" when it was being made from a friend. I was instantly interested because of my own experiences as a"clubkid".It wasn't until resently I saw the film. Read more
Published on April 14 2004
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