All the controlled substances in the world couldn't improve a viewing of the execrable "Don Peyote," a tedious, incoherent look at a paranoid stoner's emotional and spiritual unraveling.
This so-called "psychedelic comedy about one man's heroic attempt to save the world" was co-written and co-directed by
The movie is as unappealing and undisciplined as its lead character, Warren Allman (Fogler), an unemployed graphic novelist with an eager fiancée (Kelly Hutchinson) who melts down after a brief encounter with a street person preaching of the world's end. That the film is mostly set in 2012 (for some doomsday theorists, the alleged year of the apocalypse) only adds to Warren's absurd overreaction.
Following a somewhat linear start, the movie becomes little more than a string of trippy, outrageous, often interminable dreams, fantasies, hallucinations and/or moments of meandering confusion. There's even a musical bit or two amid the chaos as Warren, whether real or imagined, lands all over the map: a shrink's office, an orgy, a mental institution, a bucolic small town, the streets of
Fogler certainly plays it vanity-free here. But in such large, unfettered doses that he's tiresome, especially without an interesting (or remotely convincing) character to hang on to.
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MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour. 36 minutes.