Written by: Tera Kirk
Directed by: Jacob Vaughan
Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Claudia Choi
I was afraid to watch Bad Milo! at first. The elevator pitch–“Unlucky everydude has a bloodthirsty monster living up his ass”–sets the bar pretty…uh, high. (No, really.) It sets the bar so high that, if the movie couldn’t deliver, my disappointment would not be worth it.
As it turns out, I needn’t have worried.
Things aren’t going well for Duncan (Ken Marino). An accountant by trade, his boss just promoted him–to the HR department, so he can fire people. His wife wants children but he isn’t ready, and the stomach issues he’s had his whole life are about to come to a…head, I guess.
On the one hand, the movie doesn’t pretend to be anything other than it is–it’s full of toilet humor and cartoonishly over-the-top gore. But I really cared about the characters, and the actors are fun to watch, especially Patrick Warburton as Duncan’s smarmy boss and Peter Stormaire as Duncan’s eccentric but actually-helpful therapist. (After Milo makes an entrance in his office, the therapist asks, “How’s your ass?” as if having a demon come out of your butt is on par with stubbing your toe.) Duncan’s relationship with Milo is really sweet, especially when you consider that Milo is the “son” Duncan isn’t ready for.
Basically, Bad Milo! is a movie about a dude and the monster that lives in his butt. But the pacing is tight and the writing and performances are good enough that it doesn’t rely just on toilet humor to work its magic. In fact, I can’t think of any real complaints, since it encourages the audience to lower their expectations and then surpasses them.