‘Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break’ (2021) | SXSW ’21 | Movie Review

‘Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break’ is about a weedy charity-shop worker Paul who is set on winning the big national talent show. But when the actions of 5 selfish people cause him to miss his audition, he sets out to seek deathly revenge. It’s 1 lunch break, 5 spectacular murders. This quirky dark comedy is a silly yet endearing revenge film that may be your favorite SXSW film.

First the characters are all fun and unique. The tone kind of reminds me of Shaun of the Dead, with a mixture of Joker. There is lovely chemistry between Paul and his mother and is the emotional lynchpin for the story.

The most unrealistic thing about the film is in its use of using livestream video to showcase Paul’s kills. There’s no way that Paul wouldn’t be caught immediately and no way that police would act so slowly. The kills are fun and unique, but are for the most part accidental in nature which I thought was a bit of a cop out. He’s already acting with intent to kill, that alone would get him jail time. (Thought the deaths again are very fun and gruesome)

Overall, ‘Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break’ is silly fun that might at times be cartoonishly unbelievable but also heartfelt at the same time.

Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a film critic and creator of PatrickBeattyReviews.com and the Gaggle of Geeks Podcast network. Watch him Friday’s on ABC4 Good Things Utah talk about movies and follow all his work in the link below.

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