Review by Mark Schwab
I'm into weird conspiracy theories as much as the next guy, but when the stupidity outweighs the execution I crave to change the channel (or refresh my browser). Such is the issue with co-director, co-writer and lead actor (see the potential problem here?) Dan Fogler's whacked-out Don Peyote.
Fogler plays Warren, a totally ridiculous unemployed graphic designer (yeah, right) who, despite being a slob that smokes pot through apple bongs (uh-huh), lives in a nice apartment (somehow) with an attractive fiancee (somehow) while watching hours of online conspiracy videos. Soon he begins an obsession with 2012 doomsday scenerios, inspiring him to produce a "documentary" of the earth's demise. This was a very bad idea considering Fogler can't even get the "regular" story right - his documentary-within-the-movie then attempts to examine the life of homless folks who carry those "The End Is Nigh" signs. Needless to say, the documentary just takes the movie in an even worse direction (and I use that term very loosely here).
This gets tiresome so quickly because Fogler thinks he's being impressivley hip and cutting edge, when in fact he's making the longest, most boring, totally confusing episode of Portlandia except without that show's creators, actors, locations or writing talents.
I'll give Dan Fogler this though, he does seem genuinely dedicated to the project and throws himself into this physically and spiritually. Given the right role (and with someone else writing and directing), he might have some potential as a comedic talent. But here, he miscasts himself as a boring loser who then becomes....an annoying, head tripping loser?
It's sad that Don Peyote, while trying to be something orginal, ends up being just incoherent hash.