Anarchist Cookbook

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Released 2002

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Director:
Jordan Susman
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Anarchist Cookbook is a 2002 dark comedy based on William Powell's 1971 book of the same title. Peter Gold (Devon Gummerall), who prefers to go by the nickname Puck, has unconventional views about the world. He maintains a commune for other societal misfits, including Karla (Gina Philips), a promiscuous girl who struggles with her dislike for men, Double D (Steve Van Wormer), Puck's good-natured friend, and Johnny Red (John Savage), a holdover from the 1960s. To keep the commune running, everyone chips in to work at an anarchist bookstore. Puck has created an oasis from the flaws of mainstream society. However, the arrival of Jonny Black (Dylan Bruno) spells trouble for the commune. Johnny Black is a charismatic stranger who challenges the anti-violence manifesto of the group and instead suggests fighting back against society. Puck watches helplessly as Johnny Black comes up with one dangerous idea after another, sowing the seeds of rebellion in the formerly happy commune. With the help of his new girlfriend, conservative Jody (Katharine Towne), Puck has to guide his friends back to his original, peaceful vision or suffer the consequences.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An admirably ambitious political satire but is stronger on soundtrack narration than on-camera dramatization.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Strains for a jazzy, Oliver Stone-ish look, but at its heart it is a placid and conventional moral tale about the dangers of wandering too far off the pathway.

  • 40

    Variety Ken Eisner

    An ill-conceived effort that starts OK but quickly goes off the rails.

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