Dir. by Paul Andresen - 1 hr. 35 min.
by Clayton Hollifield
"Big Money Rustlas" is a western film, starring the Insane Clown Posse. That might be all you need to know in order to judge whether or not you want to watch this film. One thing is certain, you either are a juggalo, or you are not a juggalo. I fall into the latter camp, but since I was laid up with an injury, and woozy on pain medication, I figured what the hell.
Mud Bug is a small western town, pretty much run by a gang of rustlas, who are led by Big Baby Chips (Violent J). Sugar Wolf (Shaggy 2 Dope) returns to Mud Bug after many years, and takes over as the sheriff. Big Baby doesn't care for having a competent sheriff around, and starts sending henchmen after Sugar Wolf. This leads to an inevitable showdown between the two.
I know that doesn't sound like much to work with, but I propose another way to look at this film. Imagine that you had the opportunity to take a vacation with like twenty of your co-workers and friends. But everyone got bored sitting around the pool, sipping on margaritas, and someone noticed that you were right next to a ghost town that was used like once a year for some festival. Someone, on their third margarita, gets the idea of, instead of taking a bunch of dorky vacation photos, puts two and two together, and suggests making a movie. Some calls are made, costumes and basic equipment are tracked down, and a couple of your co-workers hunker down overnight with whatever pharmaceuticals are available, and cobble together some kind of plot. Everyone gets to have fun and mug for the camera. Everyone gets to make as many awful jokes as they want. Some guy wants to do his role in the worst Mexican accent in the history of mankind, and call himself Dirty Sanchez. Why the hell not?
I'm not going to tell them not to do that. It sounds like fun. If I was there, I'd be pissed off if I got left out of it. And a couple of weeks later, someone with a nice computer set-up and some free evenings edits the thing up, and you have literally the best vacation video ever. Better than a souvenir shirt, better than collectible cups, better than a ten-percent off coupon for your next visit. Every time you fired that sucker up, you remember how Violent J wanted to squeeze the words "motherfucker" and "money" into every bit of dialogue. And how all Shaggy wanted to do was pimp slap people, all movie long. And that guy who you hadn't met before, who just kept shouting, "I'm the foot, bitch!" over and over again. You got to ride horses, shoot people with blanks, and maybe even got a dodgy tattoo from a friend of a friend late one night.
Yeah, "Big Money Rustlas" is a terrible movie. But Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope got to throw a theme party for a bunch of their friends, and recoup some of the costs of it by putting it out on DVD. If you were there, or if you're a juggalo, it's probably a riot to watch. I laughed at parts, even. Besides, when was the last time you saw a little person (Bridget Powers) as the leading lady? Or any movie where everyone didn't spend the six months prior to filming attached at the hip to a trainer? I'm saying, there's a lot of fat dudes in this movie. And that's cool. No one involved takes themselves too seriously, and they all seem to be having a good time. Your mileage may vary, but there's no harm in that.
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