When I first read the plot synopsis for COOTIES, I chuckled out loud. The title alone was enough to earn my interest, but the story sounded humorous and therefore made it a must-see. The idea of infected kids terrorizing a group of teachers could be comedy gold if done right. And thankfully, filmmakers Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion nail the concept squarely on the head. COOTIES is a hilarious and unapologetic film that will having you laughing hysterically while fighting the urge to cringe.
If you are not familiar with COOTIES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
A horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill as teachers who fight to survive the most unruly students ever on the worst Monday of their lives!
I admit the cast of the film was a large draw for me. I’ve enjoyed Elijah Wood’s films for a long time, so he was a big plus. But throwing in Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, and Leigh Whannell made my funny-bone tingle. I expected to be in for a good time, and I was not disappointed.
COOTIES is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. I had the pleasure of watching the film on Blu-ray, and the HD picture is vivid and great.
The acting, as mentioned above, is top notch with an all-star cast headlining the film. I particularly enjoyed Jack McBrayer and Leigh Whannell in their performances. McBrayer plays a weenie who can barely keep his wits about him, while Whannell portrays an extremely socially awkward teacher who focuses more on fitting in (even though he fails epically) than surviving. These two are just fractions of the whole in this riotous, laugh-out-loud horror comedy.
The special effects in COOTIES look good, however they are few and far between. The children mostly look like agitated, over-caffeinated youngsters with dirty faces. But this is not a bad thing at all…if anything, it helps elevate the humor level by making them less zombie-like and more realistic.
And speaking of humor, this film is crammed full of it. Each character handles the chaos in a unique and laugh-inducing way, which allows the one-liners to fly. And when things go from bad to worse, the dialogue gets funnier. But there’s plenty of tension here, too. And when the final credits roll, you’ll be praying for a sequel (I know I was!).
COOTIES is a great flick, and I highly recommend it. Brutally funny with plenty of non-politically correct humor, this film will make you look at your own kids in a different light. And the opening credits sequence will convince you to NEVER eat another chicken nugget again. COOTIES is available tomorrow in a variety of formats, so make a note to give it a look.