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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: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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: Owen Williams
    Jun 2, 2014
    80
    A grimly funny social allegory that doesn't pull a single punch.
  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. 63
    A nasty, elemental thriller, basically a four-character play with blood and guts and sex and drugs and dares
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    It’s well-acted, especially by Healy (The Innkeepers), who makes you feel the pain of every wound, the ratcheting torture of every dilemma. But the film’s also a gimmicky exercise whose hollowness and credibility are constant problems.
  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: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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
  2. Jul 3, 2014
    8
    There is plenty to like about this film, which takes what is usually the (entertaining but) outlandish premise of people preforming extreme tasks for cash, and people willing to pay big sums of money to be entertained, and turns it into a satire on society’s obsession with self-deprecation in the pursuit of easy money, and its seemingly insatiable need to be entertained by greater and greater extremes. Cheap Thrills taps deep into that. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. At first the film poster reminded me of a comedy movie, especially with the whammy guy upfront. but it´s not a comedy, it got a couple of funny scenes, but this **** gets dark and serious quickly. Reminded me a little bit of an actual movie version of dirty sanchez. They do anything for money. Towards the end the movie gets extremer, proving the R rated mark. I liked the idea of the movie, it got that b-movie feeling but cheap thrills has that special potential. Unexpected End, great last Shot Expand

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