A wonderful symbolic socio-religious/political look at America today (by cekadah)
Just discovered this movie and decided to watch as it is listed as a 'comedy'. And a very dark comedy it is! There are some really disturbingly funny scenes, but I found the balance of the film to be a sarcastically allegorical comment on life in America. Why the previous reviewers missed this is a surprise! Throughout the entire story director Wayne Kramer has offered to the viewer symbolic remarks on religion, politics, and economic life in the American laboring society.First we see the pawn shop - in America everything is a commodity that can be sold and bought - nothing has real <more>
value and value is always marginalized when the seller is in 'need'.Second Kramer offers the three rednecks who, on the surface are religious, in symbols only, and have no idea why 'they believe' because they are too consumed with destructive self indulgence. Then when Vernon is left for dead a 'savior' appears not to save him but to offer the chance for revenge. In America it's just believing that makes religion true, not understanding and living it.Third Richard discovers 'the ring' in the pawn shop and seeks answers as to how it got there. Kramer again shows us how property is valued in the social order. Material things along with humans are gifts for capitalist overlords. Shaw represents the ownership society. And when they offer favors to the 'working class' they are to be obedient and grateful, as seen with the caged women for Shaw's pleasure and the 'number one' caged girl who refuses to leave because she gets 30 minutes of television a week in 'the house'. Richard is the liberator and freedom fighter that American's always reject and destroy.Fourth Kramer gives us Ricky, the fourth rate Elvis impersonator, and here Kramer sums up the movie. Americans want to be 'a star' but few have that kind of talent outside of being a big fish in a small pond. And thats where Ricky finds himself. His image is compelling to the locals in that unnamed small southern town and they willing follow him around! Ricky wants a barber to even his sideburns and must choose between two identical barber shops. Kramer smartly symbolizes the American political system here as there is no real difference between the two leading parties Democrats & Republicans . But the locals think there is a difference between the two barber shops and when Ricky picks one over the other mayhem erupts in the street. In America perception is what drives the choices. When the choice really doesn't exist! When Ricky gets to perform at the carnival he is so unprepared and untalented the locals reject him. Then when he accepts the offer made by the street preacher Mephistopheles type character , Ricky's whole image changes when he starts singing 'Amazing Grace'. Suddenly the local towns folk see him as bright and talented because he has accepted their Christian values. Then the naked and filth covered cage women show up and wrap themselves in the American flag. The image of justice and freedom shine as long as Americans have patriotism and God. Shaw returns from the dead to claim the filth covered women and a new woman. They all follow him out. The locals are too star struck to notice what's happening right before them. Kramer shows how Americans cannot escape the capitalist system Shaw because society will always give into religion, patriotism and those who control the money.The film closes with Harry little man/big truck entering the pawn shop to teach Alton a lesson but JJ quells him easily and then it's business as usual for Alton. Harry is the collective conscience of America and it's small and easy to overlook, but it's always there.Pawn Shop Chronicles is a triumph for Kramer - it's perfection start to finish!
Haven't seen a flick that was decent in a long time. Great casting. Walker sucked except when he wore the clown mask. But the rest was awesome. Anybody giving this movie anything less then a 7 is a County Carnival Clown. At first watching Paul Walker Act was bugging the crap out of me. I was caught u watching him not keep up with the tweeker facial expressions he was using and then not using. He would start acting like normal guy while he is supposed to be tweaking. But anyway I hung in there and was a little freaked out by Matt Dillons aging appearance, but damn if he didn't do a <more>
great job. Elijah Wood was great and creepy as ever, exactly like Sin City. Deanofrio can never do a bad job. Not a Brendan Fraser fan at all but he was great too. This is now one of my new favorite flicks. Enjoy people.
OMG!!! Disgustingly Delitefull with a sprinkle of Crazy scattered throughout the experience. (by denis_leboeuf)
I believe I just testified to the birth of a new cult movie. The film had all the trademarks of Tarantino and it was not....WHAT AN EPIC FILM. I was stunned throughout this entire film. It's gore in places blew my mind. The competition was who can be the craziest person in the story. Matt Dillon did not disappoint. Stumbling across his missing wife's wedding band in a pawn shop, the ring he had got made with his and her insignia. This "FAITAL" discovery brings out the crazy in Matt's character. He becomes less of a humane and more of a monster as the film progresses. <more>
"If you don't like spoilers stop reading now" The climax has Matt's character locating his wife aka as #1 tied up inside a dog cage sitting in the middle of a makeshift prison/farm silo. The wife pis crazy and say shes happy there being #1, The light bulb goes off in His head and he begins to look for #2 and possibly more???? He discovers a pyramid in a shed of violated, scared naked women, each in their own dog cage stacked one above the other forming a huge pyramid of 20 naked women. The story was amazing from start to finish except one stumble near the end where a character the was clearly killed comes back in the story. It just didn't make sense but other than that, this film was a cracker!! In my top 10 of all time.
Am so disappointed that a movie like this could get this low type of ratings... I mean check out this movie its crazy,funny..its bad ass i love this movie,i mean why would you rate this movie lower than 9,its got great actors great writer,sweet screen play.. This is the type of movie you watch when you're totally sad,it changes Ur mood,if you watch this movie without laughing you've got a problem because this movie is what you call perfection nice starting nice ending.. I lend out this movie to two of my friends and they like "wow!!!,this is great,so very great i love it am gonna <more>
get mine"i'd really like you to tweet me if am wrong @iamowomizz
Never Heard Of It But Glad I Discovered It (by roseybaby63-59-43149)
I never heard of this movie before. I don't remember ever seeing it advertised. I don't even know if it ran in U.S. Theaters. I was looking through movies on Demand and happened upon it. The title intrigued me. The plot sounded interesting and then I saw that Vincent D'Onofrio and Paul Walker were in it...I was hooked. I'm so glad I found this movie. I've watched it twice so far.It's an anthology movie, which is one of my favorite types of movies. Each of the three stories originate from General Lee's Pawn Shop. It's here where we're treated to the <more>
characters of Alton and his friend, Johnson. The conversations these two have are pretty damned funny. The pawn shop is a central spot in the movie as the movie begins and ends here and each story begins in the shop. The first story, 'Shotgun' is my favorite story. It centers around three men... Raw Dog Paul Walker , Randy Kevin Rankin and Vernon Lukas Haas and there half baked plot to rob meth from meth maker and dealer Stanley an unrecognizable Norman Reedus . This story had me laughing out lout a whole lot. The conversations between Raw Dog and Randy are funny. Of course, things start going wrong from the very beginning and have an explosive ending. I don't want to give too much story away, but trust me, the whole "clown mask" thing had me falling off my chair. The scene with The Man was a bit odd, but what the heck, the whole thing is odd. The second story, 'The Ring' is a much darker tale. A man, Richard Matt Dillon , stops at the pawn shop to pawn his new bride's ring because something was wrong with his account. While there, he sees the ring he had made for his first wife, who had mysteriously disappeared six years earlier. He sends his new bride away, buys Alton's car for sale and goes on a quest to find out what happened to his wife. Oh, yeah, he sorta loses his mind. What he discovers involves a man named Johnny Shaw Elijah Wood and some disturbing goings on. I liked how this story ended. The final story, 'The Medallion' involves a man who performs a tribute to "The King"...Elvis Presley. Ricky a nearly unrecognizable Brenden Fraser is a sad sack of a guy. He wants to be Elvis, but he's doing free shows, which aren't very good. His girlfriend leaves him and he ends up at the pawn shop. He coasted in on fumes and pawns his gold medallion that actually belonged to Elvis. The town is weird and there's a strange scene involving the two barber shops. Ricky gets a chance to make a deal for success. All it will cost is his soul. This final story strangely brings all the stories together and explains a few things. Everything comes around full circle at the end, which takes place, of course, in the pawn shop. The stories, characters and acting are all really good. It's like taking a crazy roller coaster ride. I have already recommended this movie to many of my friends. I liked it that much. I also think it has excellent potential to become a cult favorite/classic. The dialog is so good and very quote worthy. If you ever get a chance to watch this little gem, I recommend you do so. It's worth it.
5.4/10??? Come on IMDb! In a way I can understand because my friend didn't really like this movie. I LOVED IT! I bought it used at the corner videostore, never heard of it so my expectations were low not to say null. It's now in my top 5 of 2013 movies somewhere after Wolf of Wall Street. It's even in my top 50 best movies ever along with smoking aces and running scared. I loved the first part, loved even more the second, and my only negative point is Brendan Fraser, witch in my opinion kind of ruined the crazy vibe of this great movie. I am not an Elija Wood fan but he did a <more>
remarkable character in this film. I strongly suggest you watch this movie and make your own opinion. I don't want to spoil the movie so I won't say more but if like me your in love with this piece of art or have any questions you can let me know. I just enjoy talking about Pawn Shop Chronicles. 9/10 Not 5.4 tskk
Not for those with cognitive challenges (by painterdg)
This film is a very dark comedy, and is definitely not for everyone, as may be apparent from the previous reviews. As with James Joyce's "Ulysses," director Wayne Kramer's "Pawn Shop Chronicles" follows several characters through their own adventures during a single day. Unlike Joyce's classic, this modern story takes place in a small, quirky southern American town rather than Dublin, Ireland. Still, for those of us with attention spans longer than that of the average house pet, the threads of the three stories that make up the chronicles can be seen slowly <more>
interweaving into an harmonious comedic tapestry. The viewer who pays meticulous attention will be rewarded, since quite literally everything in the film echoes and resonates throughout all three vignettes, and like far-off thunder slowly building to a deafening crescendo, it all comes together in the perfect ending. Well suited to repeated viewings, I feel that "Pawn Shop Chronicles" is destined to become a cult classic among truly discerning aficionados of modern comic cinema.
Strange movie, but it's a good kind of strange. (by janssuh-2)
This is the first time I write a review for a movie, not that this movie needs one. But it deserves it. Because the first time I heard of Pawn Shop Chronicles, I thought the History channel made a movie about a very bad reality series. But don't let the title fool you. This one the best triptych i ever seen. Just watch it, I'll guarantee it, you'll have great time.If you are a Pulp Fiction fan, you'll definitely appreciate this movie. Excellent and out of their "usual comfort zone" performances from some of the most under-appreciated and underestimated actors in <more>
Hollywood. Watch the movie and you'll understand it.
The critics pretty much universally panned this one but I actually dug it.The stories, although sometimes horrifying to witness, can be darkly amusing and, often, blasphemous maybe that's why people hated it . The cast is great and I really enjoyed everyone sorry ladies, Norman Reedus' part is small --also, how often are you going to see pretty boy Paul Walker as a racist moron? There was also a lot of imagery thrown in the background and in the tone of the film that I found attention grabbing.Yes, the movie can be disturbing and, at times, I wondered if I was a terrible person for <more>
laughing at some of the offensive jokes but there was something perversely entertaining about the film. It's like a car crash but instead of backing up traffic for miles and making you wonder in the back of your head if someone died in that hunk of twisted metal, I found myself being entertained by a group of truly despicable characters doing horribly selfish things within the strangely interesting story.