Released September 24 on DVD, “Madness in the Method” is a comedy/thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of actor/producer Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).
Mewes portrays Jay, a fictionalized version of himself who is tired of being typecast and not considered for more dramatic roles. Encouraged by his friend and colleague Kevin – real life friend and fellow actor Kevin Smith who cast Mewes in the Jay and Silent Bob franchise – he seeks out a coveted book on method acting to increase his chances of nailing auditions and scoring a major role. Jay’s obsession over the book, and its contents, leads him to a series of crimes – posing a threat to the opportunities he’s long awaited.
A parody of the dark side of the movie industry, “Madness in the Method” pokes fun at everything from fan obsessions and celebrity rating sites (with the fictional moviestarrating.com) to betrayals and shady practices.
The film delivers with a few exceptional cameos – including stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), and the final screen appearance by the late Stan Lee.
And even though I found myself laughing hearty during a few scenes, I felt the movie was too scattershot and got in its own way with misplaced dream sequences that interrupted the flow.
A metabiopic that caters heavily to Mewes’s prior fan base – “Madness in the Method” appears tailor made for the shock humor/black comedy crowd, but the balance of comedy versus thrills was uneven and ultimately left me more dissatisfied than satisfied. I rate the film 2.5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
MADNESS IN THE METHOD is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
Until next thought, Thomasena