Film / That Other Rusty And Masquerade Movie

Describe That Other Rusty And Masquerade Movie here.

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That Other Rusty And Masquerade Movie is a profoundly ridiculous short film written and directed by high school film nerd Phill Skokos. Originally created at the short film department of his theater camp, it was later posted to YouTube in late 2007 and has since played a handful of film festivals. The story follows a young man named Masquerade, who is betrayed by his childhood friend Leningarb when the latter begins his plot for world domination. Masquerade winds up in a backwoods village where he pulls a giant spoon out of a muffin, only to discover that the spoon is magical, and part of a set of arms called The Order of the Square Meal. He meets a walking, talking blue walrus named Rusty, and the two of them team up to fight Leningarb, and his evil associate Sir Knight Lordington.

So... yeah.

This film contains examples of:

  • As Himself: Phill Skokos appears as himself in two scenes, in which he is depicted writing the script. Cam Stewart, who plays Lordington, appears the second time, looks at the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment Phill just wrote, and says "Plot, Phill. Get back to the plot."
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Every other scene.
    • About halfway through the movie, Rusty and Masquerade stop in mid-conversation and we cut to footage of Phill sitting at a computer with writer's block. We then see Rusty and Masquerade attack the side of a building for a while until a glass shatter transition takes us to another scene.
    • Rusty's story about how he killed a bartender who cut him off.
    • The brief interlude in which a teacher instructs the audience at home about tax laws in New Jersey.
  • Crazy Awesome: If you like the film, this is probably why.
  • Deus ex Machina: One second Masquerade is just sitting there in jail, asking Rusty how they're going to escape. The next minute they're walking out of a tunnel and it takes them a few seconds to realize they have no idea how they got out.
    • Turns out it was God.
  • Dull Surprise: Kenny Farino as Masquerade.
  • Evil Brit: Sir Knight Lordington
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rusty and Masquerade.
    • Ho Yay: Rusty and Masquerade. Lampshaded by a pair of minions halfway through.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much all of the major player except for Masquerade.
  • Loads and Loads of Roles: Gabriel Schliefer plays a guy waiting in line for a vending machine, villager, two henchman, and "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Love It or Hate It - If you get the movie's sense of humor, then you can probably overlook the low production values and actually enjoy the ridiculous plot. If you don't get it, though... well... yeah...
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted. That guy who looks kinda like "Weird Al" Yankovic is supposed to be playing "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • No Fourth Wall
  • Old Shame: Not-Weird Al's line "You ever done crack?" was thrown in as a joke by one of the film makers, with the actor unaware that it would wind up in the final film. He was not happy when he found out.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Every now and then in sounds like Phill Skokos (as Rusty) is trying some kind of accent, but damned if you'll ever figure out what it is.
    • Leningarb is also unable to maintain his already-poor Russian accent some of the time.
  • Secret Handshake: Masquerade and Leningarb have one that seems to be the same move repeated for over and hour.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Sir Knight Lordington
  • Shout-Out: Oh so many, to oh so many different sources...
    • Leningarb tells Masquerade about his plan to use the Butterfly Effect to Take Over the World, to which Masquerade replies, "I'm pretty sure that was just in Jurassic Park."
    • The villager played by Gabriel Schleifer sounds an awful lot like Bullwinkle.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's a silly comedy made by a bunch of high schoolers at summer camp, so this is quite forgivable. That said, the scenes with Schleckdude are really glaring and unnecessary.
  • Stock Footage: The montage early on depicting Leningarb's rise to power.
  • Take Over the World: Leningarb's stated goal is actually one step beyond this: conquer all reality!
    Masquerade: "You know, I sniffed a lot of glue once, and I tried to conquer all reality. Tore up my grandma's kitchen..."
  • Theme Song Power Up: A number of times.
  • Training Montage: After the first one, Rusty says "Wow, we still suck at fighting", whereupon Masquerade says "Let's do another montage!" and the film cuts to the exact same montage again.
  • You Fail Logic Forever: Leningarb's plan. It still works though.