The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Fitness and Filmmaking (1987)

The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Fitness and Filmmaking (1987)

Directed by: Fred G. Sullivan

Starring: Fred G. Sullivan, Katie Sullivan, Kirk Sullivan

So… this guy, Fred G. Sullivan, decided to make an autobiographical documentary about himself after having directed only one film. A film that nobody saw, starring nobody. And it stars him and his family as themselves, except they are obviously reading lines. About how great he is. Uh…

Really, this is more like a really deep home movie than an actual film. It’s just the life story of the guy who made it, with occasional “jokes” that he obviously thought were funny, and may have been, had you been in on the joke. There are some introspective moments about being a failing film director, but these are almost all destroyed by the scripted back-and-forth between him and his wife, where she thoughtlessly supports him, no matter what.

I’m not saying that his wife and kids don’t love and support the guy, I have no idea. I’m just saying, there’s a possibility that his wife DIDN’T support him as much as it seems in the film, and it’s possible that his kids DON’T constantly come to him with cute, kid-like questions that he can wisely answer. And, if either of those are the case, then this is a sick fucking film.

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