Crazy Eyes: One Long, Boring Rape Joke
The primary argument that one can imagine being made against Crazy Eyes is that every single character is wholly repugnant, unable to elicit any measurable amount of sympathy from the audience, and that there isn't enough substance among the lot of them combined to fill a very short conversation. This is all fairly irrefutable. Viewers will likely find themselves at a loss when confronted with the human specimens in Crazy Eyes. They're wealthy and ambitionless enough to devote their lives to binge drinking and passionless promiscuity, yet dull enough that none of their antics develop into the kind of opulent debauchery that's fun to watch, instead remaining in the realm of trashy everydayness: bar fights and alley puking.
Our hero is a young, alcoholic playboy named Zack (Lukas Haas), and his dream is to bed the one lady in town who continually evades his advances, Crazy Eyes. The film is structured around them repeatedly getting drunk together and him, sometimes forcefully, trying to extract sex from her despite her protestations. Those interested in the emerging discussion on rape jokes should take note of the hilarious term "struggle fuck," which Zack offhandedly employs when referring to his brand of drunken date rape. Come to think of it, about a third of this movie could be considered a rape joke. It is important to note that unsympathetic characters are not necessarily bad characters, but when the audience is asked to laugh along with their crassness, search for profundity in their inane voice-over narration ("I tried to drown the monsters, but they learned to swim" and "It's all whiskey under the bridge" come to mind), and see hints of redemption in their clichés, a film condemns itself to tasteless vulgarity.