Thanks to Netflix and my partner's quest for off-beat films, we saw this little picture last night. I really didn't know what to expect since I really don't like Jack Black at all. Anyhow, the film stars that guy, Mos Def, Mia Farrow and Danny Glover. I know-- interesting cast, right?
Basic premise: A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films. - IMDB
Anyhow, the entire neighbourhood gets wind of these bizarre homemade remakes and starts to demand more and more films be "Sweded". Jack Black and Mos Def initially tell the ravenous customers that the films are from Sweden, which is why they need to wait until the next day... and pay them $20 in advance for something they don't have already in the can.
Parts of this movie are quite "normal", parts are really stupid. The end result, however, is a touching story of how a community comes together in collaboration and spirit.
Is it a film for everyone? No. I think a lot of people will be turned off by it. If you are just twisted enough, you will probably "get it" and go along for the loopy ride that it is.
A Site for SWEDED films