ByEmily Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Emily Browne

What constitutes art is constantly debated, but sometimes a movie is made which pushes the boundaries of decency & artistry to breaking point. Such films truly make us wonder which vulgar mind conjured them up and decided to commit their depraved thoughts to celluloid.

Say hello to , the shock-comedy gross-out fest all about, well, assholes. The brainchild of first-time director Peter Vack, the movie premiered on March 10 at , Austin's insanely large festival for all things film, media and music.

[Credit: Peter Vack]
[Credit: Peter Vack]

From what we can gather from the mixed bag of reviews, the movie follows Adam (Vack) and Adah (Betsey Brown), two siblings struggling with a mixture of horniness, hedonism and drug addiction — they are also both complete assholes (figures). Jack Dunphy plays Aaron, Adam's best friend and a recovering junkie who is quite literally obsessed with assholes — like, literal sphincters.

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He's also into Adah, who harbors great resentment towards her brother. Adah and Aaron relapse and go on a poppers-fueled bender where they get married, terrorize (real-life) pedestrians and share a particularly disgusting bout of crusty yellow facial herpes, which ends up spreading to... well, I think you can imagine. Furthermore, about halfway through the movie, Aaron shoves his fist right inside Adah's butthole and pulls out a literal demon living in her intestines. Played by icon Eileen Dietz, the demon (called Mephistopheles or 'Mephi' for short) then goes on to live with them and help them with their schemes — including a manic plan to murder Adam.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, this whole thing was a family affair. Vack and Brown are siblings in real life, and Adah's parents in the movie are played by their real life mom and pop. You gotta wonder whether they knew what their son's movie art project was really about...

Where films like Raw and Wetlands use horror and body shock to explore deeper narratives, including questions around womanhood, addiction and sexuality, Assholes sounds like it's just there to be as provocative and obscene as possible in its 70-minute runtime. Having said this, there are no reports of any walkouts, so if this sounds like your thing, have a crack at Assholes and see if you can get through the hole thing.

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(Source: IndieWire, Talk Film Society)

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