Directed by Onur Tukel
Every Tuesday night, radio talk show host Stevie Bricks invites his listeners to call in and share their stories. When one night he asks people to share the worst thing they’ve ever done, high school teacher Ron Welz can't resist. Big mistake—what he reveals sets off a chain of hilariously uncontrollable events adversely affecting his marriage and another couple. And when someone starts sending him body parts, his life really begins to fall apart. Who is tormenting him? An insolent high school student? His best friend? His wife? There are over eight million people in the Naked City, and everyone's a suspect.
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★★★★ review by Jay Sherman on Letterboxd
Endlessly quotable, hilarious, somewhat relatable (it's everyday life done to the extreme) and disturbing, Applesauce is yet another brilliant effort from one of my favorite directors working today, Onur Tukel. I can not wait to see what he does next. Luckily, he got some mainstream attention with Catfight, hopefully, he gets to do a full-blown dark comedy soon. He really is the next Todd Solondz!
★★★★ review by bbbgtoby on Letterboxd
I have many rules of thumb when it comes to cinema, but one of them that hasn't let me down yet is the following: If Trieste Kelly Dunn picks a movie to star in, I'm gonna enjoy watching it. And no, she didn't star in The Craigslist Killer, thank goodness.
Applesauce is funnier than a Woody Allen film and sturdier than a Joe Swanberg joint and features more severed body parts than both legendary filmographies combined. Relationship drama, black comedy, social critique, suspense thriller? Comedies don't often float my boat but when they hit they generally hit in a big way, Applesauce is no different, I loved it and I'm gonna check out more of Tukel's work asap. Easily Top 10 for 2015.
★★★½ review by Tyler Foster on Letterboxd
Devious, funny, oddly sexy. A small-scale winner.
★★★½ review by Andy Ferguson on Letterboxd
The more I think about the movie in the 24 hours since I watched it, the less a lot of the smarmy-ness of Onur Tukel's screenplay detracts from my overall view. There's a lot of fun genre bending and retaliatory behavior among the ensemble, and it works more often than not.
★★★★ review by panikoval500 on Letterboxd
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