Entertainment Movie review: 'Cheap Thrills,' 1 star Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) in "Cheap Thrills." Photo Credit: Drafthouse Films By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 March 27, 2014 5:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email "Cheap Thrills" has attracted some serious critical buzz, acclaimed for its edgy dark humor. Don't believe the hype. This is a staggeringly stupid movie, an emptyheaded indulgence in the worst human impulses. It is a film about cheap, lurid thrills, as promised, and so in that sense in might be a success. But the satire is dull at best, making the same points about the dark sides of unchecked capitalist greed and the ultimate emptiness of human existence that have been made countless times before. The picture follows one-time friends Craig (Pat Healy) and Colin (Ethan Embry), who reunite at a bar one evening and are convinced by a wealthy couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) to perform humiliating stunts for cheap cash. These range from defecating in a neighbor's home to beating each other up, and gradually become darker and more grim, including an unwatchable scene in which the tandem races to devour the remains of a tiny undercooked dog. Craig and Colin are desperate and struggling; Craig, a family man, has just lost his job and Colin badly needs cash. Morality has a funny way of falling to the wayside in these situations. The movie's not actually interested in that idea, though. It's a series of gross-out scenes intended to shock and nothing more. Cheap Thrills1 starDirected by E.L. KatzStarring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner Not RatedPlaying at Cinema Village By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.