Rubin and Ed

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"As soon as Ed saves Rubin's life, he's gonna kill him."
  • PG-13
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 7.0  (1,998)

Rubin and Ed is a 1991 American independent comedy film directed by Trent Harris. The movie stars Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman and Karen Black in leading roles. The film follows two eccentric men, Rubin Farr (Glover) and Ed Tuttle (Hesseman), as they embark on a bizarre road trip in search of a perfect spot to bury Rubin's beloved pet cat, which happens to be frozen inside a block of ice.

The story begins with Rubin, a reclusive and socially awkward guy, living a solitary life in his apartment in Salt Lake City. His only companion is his pet cat, which he has preserved in a block of ice, hoping that some day he will bring it back to life with a mysterious process he invented called "dry thawing". Rubin is contacted by Ed Tuttle, a pushy and overbearing salesman, who claims to have an idea for making a fortune in the pet industry. When Rubin rejects his offer, Ed sees an opportunity to sell him a time-share, and invites himself to spend the night in Rubin's apartment.

The next morning, Ed convinces Rubin to join him on a road trip to the desert, where he claims he knows a perfect spot to bury the cat. They set out on a wacky adventure, encountering a colorful array of characters along the way, including a dangerously unstable milkman, a self-proclaimed "oracle" who lives in a junkyard, and a group of hippies who mistake Rubin for a guru. As they get closer to their destination, tensions rise between the two men, and the bizarre nature of their mission becomes increasingly apparent.

The film is a blend of surreal comedy, deadpan humor, and absurd situations. The dialogue is often quirky and nonsensical, with characters making off-the-wall comments that leave the audience scratching their heads. The humor is quirky, witty, and dry. The characters are weird, but lovable, especially Crispin Glover's Rubin, who is both endearing and infuriating at the same time.

The movie's setting is another highlight, as it features the beautiful desert landscapes of Utah, giving it a distinct western feel. The cinematography is impressive and vivid, capturing the stark beauty of the desert landscapes with a raw, unfiltered quality. The soundtrack is eclectic and varied, featuring everything from country western to abstract electronic music.

At its core, Rubin and Ed is a movie about the importance of human connection and the value of oddball friendships. The relationship between Ed and Rubin is both fragile and resilient, with the two men constantly at odds yet bound by a deep sense of loyalty and camaraderie.

Overall, Rubin and Ed is a quirky, offbeat comedy that will appeal to fans of cult cinema and bizarre humor. The movie is unlike anything you've ever seen, and it will leave you with a sense of wonder and bewilderment. With a cast of colorful and eccentric characters, striking cinematography, and an unforgettable storyline, Rubin and Ed is a film that deserves to be seen by anyone who loves strange and unusual cinema.

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    7.0  (1,998)