Movie Review: ‘Butt Boy’

Review by James Lindorf

Chip Gutchel is an IT Engineer, a husband, father, and he is also in a bit of a rut. Chip has reached the age where a trip to the doctor for his yearly physical now includes a prostate exam. While he was initially dreading the routine test, the doctor’s digital exploration leads to an awakening in the middle-aged Chip. What begins as a harmless kink, soon becomes a dangerous addiction with nothing safe from his obsessive insertions. After a traumatic event, Chip buries his desires in Alcoholics Anonymous and tries to move on with his life. After managing to stay clean for five long years, Chip relapses and quickly begins a downward spiral. Russell Fox, a newly sober detective, begins to suspect that Chip’s addiction may not be to alcohol, but something much more sinister. Butt Boy will gape on all major VOD and Digital platforms April 14th before a Blu-ray release on April 28th.

Butt Boy is the creation of Tyler Cornack, who was the film’s director, co-writer, and star. Acting is about the conveying of emotions, and when the feelings read false, we tend to label that person a bad actor. Some people can get by on below-average talent because of their superior level of charisma and presence, see almost every action star for reference. Cornack’s performance in Butt Boy is virtually beyond measure, not because it is either amazing or terrible but because it lacks almost anything resembling human emotion. It is the definition of deadpan, if he came out and said his inspiration was a Romero zombie that still goes to the mall, I would believe him. The only emotion that begins to come across is Chip’s fear of being found out.

One thing that all films strive for no matter who is in the cast and crew, or what the budget may be is consistency. To feel like the film is one project by one person/group from the beginning to the end is very important and challenging to achieve. Cornack and his co-writer/producer Ryan Koch were able to accomplish that. As strange as things get, with black holes and pocket dimensions, it all feels like a perfect fit with everything else in this twisted tale.

Four quadrant movies have the broadest range of appeal across ages, genders, and every other demographic, Butt Boy is the exact opposite of that. It will appeal to a very particular subset of moviegoers who enjoy bad wacky movies and seeing how far they push the limits. Cornack should have a hit on his hands when it comes to that group, but there will not be enough in Butt Boy to achieve mainstream appeal.

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