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The Rise & Fall of an American Scumbag

USA 2017
produced by
Dakota Bailey (= Dakota Ray), Sebastian Oake
directed by Dakota Bailey (= Dakota Ray)
starring Dakota Bailey (= Dakota Ray), Darien Fawkes, Alaskan Cinder, Marla Rose, Larry Bay, Vincent Gelyo, C Dog
written by Dakota Bailey (= Dakota Ray)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

If there was a championship for being an absolute scumbag, Billy (Darien Fawkes) would be a definite frontrunner for the title: Since he needs money to skip town with his girlfriend Candy (Marla Rose) he kills his own father for the insurance money. Plus, he has also hooked her on drugs, but since he's in no mood to pay any, he first robs a dealer (Vincent Gelyo), then sees to it that this dealer is killed by his rival Pat (Alaskan Cinder), just to tie up loose end ...

However, there's competition for the title of "biggest scumbag": Johnny (Dakota Bailey), Pat's hitman, who does her every bidding because he's addicted to her drugs ... until he figures killing her and robbing her drug stash would get him high quicker and without the effort of having somebody for every fix he might need.

Since these two scumbags live in the same town though and move in the same social circles, it's pretty much inevitable that they meet - and try to out-scumbag one another - eventually ... with disastruous results, naturally.

 

In the cinematic world of filmmaker Dakota Bailey, everybody's a scumbag, which is once again true with this film (apart maybe from a subplot about a wheelchair-bound war veteran [Larry Bay] who takes out a dealer selling to young children), and frankly, not everybody might get a kick out of this very nihilistic world view. But that said, Bailey on one hand doesn't make a secret out of what his films are about ("scumbag" in the title's already a dead giveaway), on the other, he gets better and better at telling complex stories about sex, crime and depravity. Plus, this movie of his is also visually very accomplished, almost stylish in a grungy sort of way.

True, it's still not a film for strictly everybody, but if you're up for feeling "scumbaggy" for a bit, then this one's definitely for you!

 

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