Excerpt: It’s not hard to see Cheap Thrills as a pretty bleak metaphor for the worst excesses of capitalism, a system that forces people to do degrading things in order to stay alive, and in which the poor are at the mercy of forces beyond their control and the whims of the rich. It’s a fairly grotesque examination of that idea, but it’s still a potent one, largely because Katz and his cast make this worst case scenario seem credible.
Excerpt: Both dangerously demented and darkly provocative, this chokehold of an asphalt-black comedy, exhibitionist horror-thriller, morality play, and satirical socioeconomical schism is a nasty piece of business. You might need a leather belt to bite down on.
Excerpt: Pat Healy nails his performance as Craig, providing us with someone who dives headfirst into a cesspool of moral ambiguity. We understand the pressure he is under to provide for his family, we can feel his mental and physical pain.