Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) wakes up one morning to realize that his beloved dog Paul has gone missing, but that's the least of Dolph's problems. His life only begins to get weirder and practically spirals down the drain as he crosses paths with his gardener Victor (Eric Judor), a pizza delivery girl named Emma (Alexis Dziena) who becomes obsessed with Dolph, a strange detective named Ronnie (Steve Little), the mysterious Master Chang (William Fichtner), and Dolph's jogger-in-denial next door neighbor Mike (Regan Burns). Meanwhile Dolph just wants to find his dog.
Quentin Dupieux made the eccentrically absurd yet glorious film "Rubber" and birthed at least one lifetime fan because of it. It was because of that film that the anticipation for "Wrong" was so high. At its core "Wrong" is a more grounded film than "Rubber." Compare a telepathic car tire that makes people's heads explode to a guy looking for his dog and "Wrong" seems like a more traditional experience on the surface, but "Wrong" is actually way more out there than Dupieux's previous effort.
The film begins with a group of firefighters lounging around a fire truck as a van slowly simmers in flames. One of the firefighters starts texting while another drops trow and begins reading a newspaper. The score starts off as this tribute to 8-bit video game soundtracks, but slowly evolves into something more synth heavy that sounds like it's straight out of the 80s. Dolph's clock rolls over to 7:60 every morning and that blank letter he receives with nothing but a stamp on it is never addressed (best accidental pun ever). After realizing Paul is gone, he spends the morning talking to Emma about how absurd it is that the logo of a pizza place would be a rabbit riding a motorcycle when the rabbit is fast enough as it is on its own.
Dolph encounters a police officer who's incredibly indecisive and seems to dislike everything for reasons he won't disclose. Dolph works in an office building where it's always raining inside and his gardener reveals that the palm tree in Dolph's yard turned into a pine tree overnight. A painter likes to paint people's parked vehicles different colors while they're away and Detective Ronnie strings together an elaborate conglomeration of impressive vulgarity. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the insane events that transpire in "Wrong." It's the type of film where you can reveal everything and the viewer still won't know what they're in for.
Every character acts really strange in "Wrong." The cop (Mark Burnham) and Emma in particular aren't very good actors. Emma's voice is nerve grating and it doesn't really become an issue until she encounters Dolph in person while the cop just seems a bit stiff in his line delivery. Dolph is perhaps the most normal of the bunch, but the unusual behavior by everyone around him doesn't really seem to affect him as he's constantly asking questions that only encourage them. William Fichtner seems to be purposely talking with a bad accent and the Master Chang character relies on incessant rambling.
"Wrong" is like the most insane statement against animal abuse ever. It's never boring and no one will be able to predict where it's headed, but it's overflowing with nonsense and it's sure to be misunderstood by a fair portion of those that encounter it. "Wrong" and "Rubber" do have the concept of telepathy in common, but "Wrong" is otherwise a completely different animal for Dupieux to add to his resume. With all of its robe mocking, its pet kidnapping service, its squeaky turkey dog toys, and most of all its turd memories, "Wrong" is one of the most unique films you'll ever sit through.