I’m Just Fucking With You Movie Review by Staci Layne Wilson

I’m Just Fucking With You  Movie Review by Staci Layne Wilson

Larry (Keir O’Donnell) is an internet troll. He insults everyone and anyone with evil glee, digitally destroying days wherever he clicks. And he loves it—the hit-and-run potshot is his favorite hobby, but he’s about to kick it up a notch with some IRL harassment. After weeks of cyberstalking his crush online under the pseudonym “ProgrammingFlaw” he’s now on his way to blow up her wedding day. He’s an invited guest, but the unlucky lady has no idea her tormentor and her seemingly innocuous friend Larry are one and the same.

A local cheesy-motif motel has been reserved for all of the wedding guests, but when Larry arrives late in the evening, he’s surprised to discover that he’s the only one there. Not even the expected check-in clerk can be found. His sister Rachel (Jessica McNamee) is a no-show. What could be going on? Larry decides to hit the bar by the pool, where he finds one rough-around-the-edges patron, and the colorfully-dressed, amiable bartender. It just so happens employee Chester (Hayes MacArthur) is able to pull double-duty, so he checks Larry in and gives him a free cocktail at the same time.

Right away, we learn that Chester is a jokester. He loves pulling fast ones, then laughing them off with the refrain, “I’m just fucking with you!” As the night wears on the jokes become pranks, and the pranks become malicious mischief. When Rachel finally shows up, there’s some question as to whether she might have something to do with Larry’s sudden misfortune. Could it all be an elaborate hoax ala The Game? The twists and turns and WTF moments keep one guessing in this jet-black comedy that’s not all shy about heaping on a helping of gore as necessary.

The actors are fantastic and flawlessly cast as opposites sides of the same plug nickel. O’Donnell plays the perturbing prick to perfection, while MacArthur embodies the charming, fun-loving psychopath with poise and a disarming grin. As the two go head-to-head, each seemingly gaining the upper hand until the next surprise, you can feel an aura of joy coming from both actors—they really dig into their roles, giving their all. We don’t really want Larry or Chester to win, but director Adam Mason does his job with panache as he manipulates one’s allegiances throughout. What’s more, the cinematography, editing, and music are top-notch.

There is a slouchy section toward the end in which it begins to feel like the joke’s going on a little too long and it’s time for the punchline already, but that’s a minor quibble. I’ve seen all of the Hulu “Into the Dark” series movies, and I must say: I’m Just Fucking With You is near the top. If you like the horror-comedy genre, this one is for you.

I’m Just Fucking With You is now playing as part of Hulu’s Into The Dark streaming movie series.

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