John C. Reilly & Patrick Fugit in Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
John C. Reilly & Patrick Fugit
In the bizarre world of "Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," there's a war brewing over "portion" control.
It seems the truce between those who sip, leaving humans a little weaker but none the wiser, and those who gorge, gluttons who leave death, destruction and no tip behind, has been on hold for a couple hundred years.
But those peaceful days are about to end in "Cirque Du Freak,"
Darren's a good kid, makes good grades and seems to be taking a pass on the whole teen rebellion thing except for his delinquent best friend Steve (
There's a good mix of appropriately gross freaks, from the minor -- Snake Boy (
Darren really likes spiders, and Steve is obsessed with vampires, and he's sure that Crepsley is one. Have they come to the right place or what? Soon there's an
The themes in "Cirque" are typical teenage ones -- feeling like a freak, unsure of who you are or what you want to be in life, ready to fall in love, kinda, especially when the monkey girl (
The film's look has a great eerie Victorian storybook quality to it. The story and characters are mostly sized for the 8- to 10-year-old crowd, but the action -- a lot of rough vampire-versus-vampaneze (the killer vamps) fighting that entails limb tearing, head butting, silver knives and spilled blood -- aims a little older. Meanwhile, the dialogue shoots for something akin to the campy cleverness of "American Werewolf in
Weitz can't quite get a handle on what the film should be, despite teaming up with the talented
"Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language).
Running time: 1:47.
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