By Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 18, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Kill the Poor

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type
  • Movie
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As an overwrought, overacted drama, Kill the Poor is negligible. Joe (David Krumholtz, who played a memorable elf in The Santa Clause 2), a yackety, intense young Jewish guy, moves with his pregnant wife into a Lower East Side squatter tenement circa 1982. And there he struggles, in a yackety, intense Jewish-guy way, to make sense of all the junkies, hoodlums, deadbeats, and incessantly colorful, quarrelsome ethnic neighbors in his face — incessantly colorful as only an indie script could envision. One’s a drag queen, one’s a grungy slut, etc. Can utopian ideals survive such a mugging by reality?

As a low-budget DV movie project backed by high hopes and hip production support, though, Kill the Poor is a specimen misfire. Working from an out-of-tune script by Daniel Handler (much more mellifluous in his guise as Lemony Snicket) based on a novel by Joel Rose, TV director Alan Taylor (The West Wing, Oz) demonstrates that quick-and-easy DV moviemaking isn’t so easy after all.

Kill the Poor

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 84 minutes
director
  • Alan Taylor
Performers
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