There's nothing particularly funny about the premise of Sean Anders' mockumentary, which profiles a group of Arizona frozen-food enthusiasts who collect unthawed TV dinners; the humor is in the details, namely the quirks of the people consumed by this odd mania. With a membership roster totaling a whopping 14, the Mesa Frozen Entrée Enthusiasts Club is probably the largest organization of its type, if only because it's the only one. Members, who run the gamut from firefighters to professional celibacy counselors, collect boxed frozen entrees, like the limited-edition Kiss solo meals (the Gene Simmons was a serving of beef tongue with carrots and mashed potatoes). They worship product designers like the legendary Teddy Duchamp and attend weekly meetings to discuss rumors surrounding the immanent release of the new Swansons, due to hit supermarkets on Friday morning at 12:01 am/PT. The collectors include fireman Scott Baxter (Scott Isham), whose "experiment" with homosexuality is over, thanks to prayer and the folks at the Ex-Gay Ministries; he's now happily married to a heavy-set mechanic named Heidi (Karen Heine); Matt Dakin (Charles Arnold), a safety consultant who refuses to allow the need to pee rule his life, and walks around with a poly-urethane bladder taped to his leg; and MFEE founder Shawn (Anders), a dental hygienist/Christian rocker who could talk all day about the 14 freezers he's got housing his collection in his one bedroom apartment, and very nearly does. It's really a one-note joke, but Anders often strays so far from his original topic that the movie is more like a string of discrete sketches, all much funnier than the frozen entrée conceit. Shawn's rival, Vince (Mike Gordon), runs a weekend Vietcong prison camp retreat complete with rounds of Russian Roulette that's designed to build trust and camaraderie within corporate teams. Virginal Shelly (Shelly Toue), who's desperately in love with Shawn, frequents the "No Choice Café," a anti-abortion-themed Christian coffee shop where one can sip a cappuccino while deciding what's to be done about the abortion clinic next door. Al (Al McTavish), who's in love with Shelly, cuts hair in full clown makeup at a place called "Klown Kuts." Throughout, Anders exhibits a keen, observational sense of humor and perfectly captures the collector-scum mindset, as well as the kind of personality drawn to fulfillment through the accumulation of ephemera.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: NR
- Review: There's nothing particularly funny about the premise of Sean Anders' mockumentary, which profiles a group of Arizona frozen-food enthusiasts who collect unthawed TV dinners; the humor is in the details, namely the quirks of the people consumed by this odd… (more)