Excerpt: Koch Media bring "Cheap Thrills" to DVD for UK audiences in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer is anamorphic, but unfortunately it is a NTSC->PAL conversion, unlike Koch Media's standard PAL German release.
Conclusion: 'Cheap Thrills' takes a simple concept and turns it into an interesting and twisted commentary on the deplorable state many people find themselves in financially. The surface-level subtext is handled nicely, without being overbearing or too obtrusive.
Excerpt: Ever had a competitive game of charades descend into a knife fight? Cheap Thrills might be for you. First-time director E.L. Katz carves a spiralling tale that bleeds desperation and demented humour, while literally increasing the stakes at each step.
Conclusion: Several members of the premiere audience interviewed in the "Vital Heat" documentary, including actor Elijah Wood, observe that Cheap Thrills is best seen with an audience, because group reaction to its most intense scenes improves the experience.
Excerpt: In the aptly-named shock-comedy Cheap Thrills , we meet the mild-mannered Craig (Pat Healy), a wallflower with a diminished bank account. In the film’s opening scene, he brandishes a $20 bill, but the money’s exit from his wallet might as well be accompanied by a cartoon moth, for it’s the type of...
Summary: An extremely black comedy about the growing class divide in America, Cheap Thrills manages to score some big laughs, but it’s also a really angry piece of work. The filmmakers have a point to make and it’s made none too subtly, dipping into some nihilistic, morally disastrous territory.