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      The Strongest Man

      Released Jun 26, 2015 1 hr. 40 min. Comedy List
      30% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 50% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A brawny, anxiety-ridden man (Robert Lorie) embarks on a quest to recover his most prized possession, a golden BMX bicycle. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member 22%? you have no clue Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Very slow. Didn't finish it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film to watch with a friend, the story provides alot of content for you to nit pick . Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I had read an interesting interview with cinematographer, Tom Garner, that sparked my interest in the film. THE STRONGEST MAN is generating dismissive reviews from the critics, but I enjoyed the movie. This is a surreal character study of two marginalized men who have allowed their respective "hopes and dreams" to be so lowered so far they've begun to sleepwalk through their lives. This is not another lame comedy about men who refuse to grow up. This is a movie about two fully grown men who have opted to pull away from a culture that doesn't seem to care. Director/Writer, Kenny Riches utilizes surrealism to enter their psyches. Beef and Conan expect little in life. Dreams and hopes have been illogically reasoned in ways that make them unattainable. In Riches' surrealist take, their fears and paranoias have taken a seemingly mutually shared vision of demons hiding in the dark corners of their homes and city streets. Beef and Conan have developed skewed logic to avoid facing any further disappointments. When "Beef's" bike is stolen and "Conan" loses his dog it sets them on an off-beat path toward something that may offer more potential. The entire film's tone and deadpan absurdist humor have been carefully crafted. The cinematography is particularly effective. The only major flaw I found here is that the movie runs about 15 minutes too long. But it is important to note that I enjoyed the entirety of movie. This is a creative and entertaining directorial debut which offers more than cheap laughs. It should not be dismissed. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ben Sachs Chicago Reader Writer-director Kenny Riches lays on the whimsy pretty thick, and his sub-Jarmusch deadpan style (inert camera, intentionally flat line readings) adds another layer of affect to the story. Jul 2, 2015 Full Review Martin Tsai Los Angeles Times Although Beef and Conan are far from stereotypical, the quirkiness and eccentricities ascribed to them by writer-director Kenny Riches harp on their otherness all the same. Jun 25, 2015 Full Review Boyd van Hoeij Hollywood Reporter The kind of indie doodle of a movie in which several potentially interesting ideas co-exist but never quite come together and where supporters will call the narrative "freewheeling" while naysayers will insist on "rambling." Feb 5, 2015 Full Review Jordan Brooks Vague Visages A subdued comedy with some truly inventive gags, The Strongest Man is the culmination of an original voice on the rise more than the triumph of a writer-director already on top. Aug 2, 2023 Full Review Josh Terry Deseret News (Salt Lake City) It's definitely an acquired taste, but it's most helpful to view the film as a fairy tale. Aug 5, 2015 Full Review Matt Pais RedEye Like the waves of the ocean its characters occasionally and semi-fearfully embrace, The Strongest Man continually goes in and out, connecting and drifting away. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 2, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A brawny, anxiety-ridden man (Robert Lorie) embarks on a quest to recover his most prized possession, a golden BMX bicycle.
      Kenny Riches
      Executive Producer
      Paul Chamberlain, Robert Hewitt Jr.
      Kenny Riches
      Production Co
      Class Laboratory, Film Exchange
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 26, 2015, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 22, 2016