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  • Summary: Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man, loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 27, 2014
    83
    Savagely assaulting the desperate state of a blue collar family man, the comedic thriller Cheap Thrills establishes a ridiculous premise early on and takes it to various extremes, again and again, until you just have to accept the crazy venture on its own terms or simply give up.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    Katz has a clear investment in Healy's character and convincingly depicts his choices as inevitable even when they become anything but.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 21, 2014
    75
    This is a solid thrill ride all around, especially for those who like their Faustian parables with a bit of the bloody red stuff.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 27, 2014
    67
    Even if Cheap Thrills isn’t always plausible, though, it’s still a fair amount of twisted fun, thanks mostly to a surprisingly, effectively low-key turn by Koechner as the game’s emcee.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 18, 2014
    63
    A nasty, elemental thriller, basically a four-character play with blood and guts and sex and drugs and dares
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 28, 2014
    50
    If Cheap Thrills ultimately does carry us along, it’s due largely to Healy’s performance and presence. He’s a figure halfway between schlemiel and criminal, and the film effectively works that full range.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 26, 2014
    40
    Cheap Thrills is little more than low-budget torture porn for the doobie-addled dudebro contingent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 3, 2014
    9
    "Cheap Thrills" es una de las mejores peliculas del genero gore, tuvo un buen argumento, un buen desarrollo y buenas actuaciones; ademas tuvo giros inesperados.Esta pelicula vale la pena verla. Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    8
    I watched Cheap Thrills months ago at a local film festival and I have to admit that I loved it's dark sense of humor. It's a simple movie, with a simple concept, and a very dark & desperate outlook on life. The idea behind the film is pretty basic but fortunately there are a few good plot twists to break up the increasingly violent and dangerous cash offers the two main characters are tempted with. Cheap Thrills won't be for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for something dark, and surprisingly well-done then I would recommend giving it a shot. Expand

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