In Passion Play, Mickey Rourke plays a down-on-his-luck trumpet tooter in a feud with a dapper thug named Happy Shannon, played by Bill Murray. That’s when he discovers a chick with actual angel wings at a carnival. She’s played by Megan Fox. Based on that, I’d already be sold, even if Cam Gigandet were in it.
ROURKE: “I’m a broken down piece a meat.”
FOX: “Have you been f*cking? It smells like Thai food in here.”
(*plays Wrestler theme on kazoo*). But strangely, according the Hollywood Reporter‘s account, when the film played the Toronto Film Festival, it inspired laughter at inopportune times and people walking out of the theater.
If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent.
Nate [Rourke] staggers through the brush and stumbles upon a carnival run by flamboyant carny boss Sam Adamo (Rhys Ifans in full voice). There, he meets a beautiful young woman named Annie (Fox) whose abundant charms extend to a genuine pair of wings. At this point, those who don’t get it will likely begin to snigger, as many did in the press and industry audience at the Toronto.
Smitten instantly, Nate frees Annie from Adamo’s exploitive clutches but no sooner are they back in the city than he’s trying to make a deal with Happy Shannon [Murray] over rights to Annie’s potential income as a gorgeous woman with wings [well sure, that would be a gold mine]. The inevitable falling out leads to a tussle over the woman and along the way Rourke gets to mime an extraordinarily unconvincing scene of Nate’s trumpet playing, and Fox disrobes attractively.
So wait, what drove people out of the theater, exactly? Because based on what I’ve heard so far, this movie sounds f*cking amazing.