Today I’d like to celebrate Boxing Day by reviewing The Brass Teapot. This is an indie dramedy starring Michael Angarano and Juno Temple. Basically this 20 something couple who’s struggling financially gets this magical teapot that generates cash when the owners experience pain. They start with spanking and slapping but discover that the more they use the teapot, the harsher the pain must be, eventually go to psychological torment and possibly murder.
Cons: I don’t think the concept was fully utilized. A few things happened a little too easily. I would have liked more laughs. It feels a bit more indie drama with some humor than a true comedy/drama.
Pros: Great idea. Loved Michael Angarano and Juno Temple. You may know Angarano from Jack’s son on Will & Grace, Sky High, Lords of Dogtown, Gentleman Broncos, etc. and Temple from Notes on a Scandal, The Other Boleyn Girl, Year One, Kaboom, The Three Muskateers, etc. They are so much fun in this film. They feel like a real down on their luck couple. There are supporting players like SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat and 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer. Some great ideas/themes about human nature/greed. The film has a nice, brisk pace.
Overall: 3.95 out of 5 stars. Good idea, well acted, but could have used a bit more humor. I’d talk a little more about the end but I don’t want to spoil anything.
This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy viewing.