One look at this trailer and it's easy to conclude that 'The FP' is not a movie for everyone. It takes a specific sense of humor to really enjoy this type of film, and that's in no way an insult lobbed at people who don't "get" 'The FP' -- in some ways you might be better off going on to live a peaceful existence without this film invading your life with its ridiculous over-the-top-ness.
The best way to explain 'The FP' is to imagine a combination of 'Mad Max,' 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Rocky 3,' 'Rocky 4,' 'The Wizard,' 'The Warriors' and 'Escape From New York.' Now take that weird, sorta-awesome combination of movies and imagine someone spoofing it. That's 'The FP' -- a raunchy, no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic action-comedy about groups of gang members who square off in intense battles of the video game 'Dance Dance Revolution' ... to the death.
You can check out Jacob Hall's review of the film from SXSW (where it premiered), and while I'll admit it definitely has some issues -- the transition from short film to feature-length, the fact that some scenes just go on for too long -- I was very impressed with the dialogue and how the directors, brothers Jason and Brandon Trost, somehow managed to keep their entire ensemble cast on the same page throughout.
The film danced around a few issues at the festival, one of which involved a member of the production drunk-heckling the film's second screening, which was full of some pretty pissed-off members of the press. That led to a public apology, but still no distribution deal.
Will someone pick this up and make it available? Maybe, eventually. It divided many audiences at SXSW, but still showed signs of developing a potential cult following if placed in the proper hands. From a publicity standpoint there are a lot of fun things you can do while promoting it (over-the-top dance parties immediately come to mind), but you still have to figure out who you'd be promoting this to.
Do you market it to teenagers, even though they probably won't get the references? Do you market it to adults, even though they probably won't get the film at all? Whether or not 'The FP' will ever survive outside the festival circuit begins and ends with defining who its audience is, and whether that audience comes in large enough numbers that it's worth distributing at all.
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think. Will this film entertain enough people to warrant a distribution deal? Would you pay to see it? Sound off in the comments ...
WARNING: TRAILER IS EXTREMELY NSFW AND FEATURES NUDITY, AS WELL AS PROFANITY