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IDLE HANDS - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1999 Columbia Pictures
Reviewed by Rob on 28 February 2001

The Characters:  

  • Anton - Laziest guy in the world whose right hand gets possessed by Satan. (I'm serious! Why are you laughing?) Played by Devon Sawa, who you'll find in the movie Final Destination. He cuts it off and then chases after it to save his love, Molly, from it.
  • Mick - Seth Green! Stoner friend of Anton who gets a broken beer bottle through the skull by Anton's demonically-possessed hand. Rises as one of the undead because he's too damn lazy to go to Heaven (no, I'm not kidding) and helps Anton to destroy his hand.
  • Pnub - Anton's other stoner friend who gets decapitated by a thrown circular saw blade. Also rises from the dead because he's too damn lazy to go to Heaven and also helps Anton to destroy his hand (I must admit that the effects with him being headless are impressive).
  • Molly - Hot short-haired brunette who becomes Anton's love interest and Satan's chosen victim of sacrifice. Gets rescued by Anton and his buddies.
  • Curtis - Major headbanger who's into 80's metal (I like him already!) and who spends most of his time working on his truck. His favorite song appears to be Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil." Helps Anton to destroy his hand and becomes Debi's love interest (at least for a short time).
  • Debi - Vivica A. Fox! No more chasing aliens - now it's the Devil himself who's vying for control of the earth. She manages to destroy Anton's hand and then has ritualistic sex with Curtis.
  • Tanya - Molly's best friend who becomes Pnub's love interest (when he's undead! You'd think that she'd think he is awfully cold while they're making out!) Gets caught up in a ventilation rotor and chopped to valley girl bits.
  • McMacy and Ruck - Two cheese-dick cops who spend most of their time trying to bust Anton and his buddies for drug possession/use. McMacy gets a knitting needle through the head while Ruck gets fried with a Taser.
  • The Hand - Anton's right hand, possessed by Satan (I'm entirely serious). Played by Christopher Hart, who played Thing in the Addams Family movies. Goes on a killing spree against anyone and anything and tries to take Molly with him (it?) to Hell but is done in by a magical knife wielded by Debi.

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The Plot: 

The catch phrase for this film is, "The tender story of a young boy and his hand." That actually sounds more like the catch phrase of a porn movie. Nonetheless, this kind of movie is what bad movies are all about. It centers around young Anton, a lazy-ass high school student whose primary motivation is to get high every day of his life with his two buddies, Mick and Pnub. Unfortunately, things are about to take a turn for the worse when his right hand gets possessed by Satan. (Let's let that sink in for a moment.)

Before Anton knows it, his right hand is out of control, doing things he would normally never do, such as brutally killing people. When Mick tries to calm him down with a beer, the hand's retaliation is to break the bottle and jam it into Mick's skull. Next, Pnub tries to escape Anton's killer hand, only to have a buzz saw blade thrown at him, taking his head off.

In the meantime, Anton still manages to get some. Having a thing for the girl next door; he manages to hit it off with her pretty well, all the while keeping his hand at bay. Once the make-out session is over, he buries all of his dead friends, but comes to discover that neither Mick nor Pnub take too kindly to becoming a worm feast. Apparently, they were both on their way to Heaven when they decided it was too far to travel. (At this point, the movie has really gotten weird.)

Seeking advice from Curtis, the local heavy metal headbanger, Anton decides to keep his right hand busy (not that way, you pervert!) by knitting, being told that "idle hands are the Devil's tool." However, this claim doesn't hold water when two cops - McMacy and Ruck - arrive to investigate the disappearance of each of the hand's victims. In the scene which follows, the possessed hand uses a knitting needle to treat McMacy's head like a shish kabob while it turns Ruck's own Taser on its owner. Meanwhile, Curtis is confronted by Debi, a woman who has been tracking Satan's progress for some time. Apparently, the Devil plans to sacrifice a girl of his choice to take back with him to Hell.

Determined to get rid of his demonic hand once and for all, Anton severs it with a meat cleaver. Unfortunately, this only allows the hand to move on its own. Afraid of where it might be going, Anton heads to the high school Halloween party with his undead buddies to stop it, where they are both met by Curtis and Debi.

Here, the hand goes on yet another killing spree, this time by sharpening each of it's fingertips with an electric pencil sharpener. It isn't before long until the hand has gotten its - well, itself on Molly, whom it plans to sacrifice. Though it hides inside a puppet, Anton manages to find it trying to crush Molly by raising a car with her on top to the ceiling. While Anton hurries to save his girlfriend, Mick and Pnub decide to get stoned off of a giant bong made by another student in metal shop. Anton has the brilliant idea of inhaling the pot and blowing inside the hand's puppet, thus stoning Satan. Soon afterwards, Debi destroys the hand with a magical knife.

In the end, Mick and Pnub are both asked again to enter Heaven's gates, and this time they accept. Anton lays in the hospital recovering not only from the injury to his right arm, but to the injuries sustained by a falling car. He gets the girl, and even gets Mick and Pnub as his guardian angels.

That's Idle Hands in a nutshell. I must warn you, dear reader, not only was this movie weird as all hell (no pun intended), it was also twice as gory. I don't recommend it for anyone who has a weak stomach.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • If you cut off your demonically-possessed hand, make sure you contain it immediately before it runs off.
  • Satan can get stoned off of pot (so can hands, for that matter, which have no respiratory organs).
  • If you're having a near-death experience and are heading up into Heaven, be prepared to travel quite a distance.
  • If you find three hands on your breasts while you're fooling around with your boyfriend, you've got problems.
  • Being undead and having your head separated from your shoulders - really sucks.
  • Even Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil" can get annoying if played over a million times.
  • Hot steam irons make good cauterizing devices.
  • Satan really doesn't like cats.
  • If you have a bottle of beer stuck in your head, make sure you don't snag it on anything.
  • While making out, make sure your demonically-possessed hand is tied up.
  • Make sure you know the difference between druidic and standard time.
  • Never, never mess with a metalhead's truck.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ANTON'S PARENTS!
  • 10 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SETH GREEN!
  • 11 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE OTHER GUY!
  • 15 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A CAT!
  • 20 mins - Anton and Molly get some, while Satan gets frustrated.
  • 25 mins - What in the name of Buddha's toe jam is going on here?
  • 40 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TWO COPS!
  • 50 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A RIGHT HAND!
  • 55 mins - Microwaved manual meat!
  • 60 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 61 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST TWO FRONT SEAT LOVERS!
  • 65 mins - Looks like Satan's ready to take the ACT.
  • 67 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A BAND MEMBER'S HEAD!
  • 75 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A VALLEY GIRL!
  • 85 mins - I like that costume on Molly a lot better.
  • 90 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A DEMONICALLY-POSSESSED HAND!
  • 93 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST DEVON SAWA!
  • 95 mins - How sweet, he blew off Heaven to stay with her!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note idlehands1.wav Mick: "All you do is smoke pot and watch TV all day. Now don't wrong, that's what life is all about, but don't you think you should have some ambition? Like a goal?"
Green Music Note idlehands2.wav Pnub: "Ant? They were killed by ants?"
Mick: "Please don't be stupid."
Green Music Note idlehands3.wav Anton: "I was looking for my cat. We got in a fight."
Molly: "You sure got your ass kicked."
Anton: "I did okay."
Green Music Note idlehands4.wav Anton: "You're dead!"
Mick: "Easy tiger, undead actually."
Anton: "You said you were just unconscious. You lied to me!"
Mick: "Hey, you killed me! All right? Try and keep this thing in perspective. Yeah, I was a little bitter about the whole 'getting killed by my best friend thing,' but I've had time to get over it."

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After watching "History of the World Part I" for the thousandth time, the hand decides to try out that really neat CATapult trick.

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Idle Hands
Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Glenn
I despised the presumptuousness of this movie, because it just seemed to be "let's take the Hand sequence from Evil Dead 2 and make THAT a movie." It's a good b-movie, and plenty odd, but credit where credit is due.
Idle Hands
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris K.
Look up the word "terrible" in the dictionary and you will find IDLE HANDS next to that word. IDLE HANDS is not close to B-movie material. In fact, Hollywood thought that a spin-off of B-movies would make IDLE HANDS work. How wrong were they? Dead wrong! Basicaly, IDLE HANDS needs to be put in that vault of obscurity. Like with DUDE WHERE'S MY CAR?, SCARY MOVIE, the SCREAM trillogy, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, and URBAN LEGEND I wish that IDLE HANDS was a carpet instead of a film so that way I can just wipe my feet on it. Or better yet, I will steal the original negative and wipe my feet on it so it cannot be restored at all for historical purposes.
Idle Hands
Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dr. Serizawa
For a movie that attempts to cram a teen comedy, horror, and slacker movie all into one single movie, it is as best as it could be. It provides the good-looking cast, the high school romance plot elements a teen comedy needs, and rips off the greatest elements of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. Finally, the movie has marijuana being the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. The script has some minor plot holes in it, but nothing you'll really notice until the third or fourth viewing.  You'll be to busy laughing at the jokes and being half-shocked at the level of violence in a mostly light-hearted movie.  It does a good job of alternating and combining the two, so you can't quite figure out the movie's exact intentions.

All of the principle cast puts in performances as well as could be done with the material.  Anton puts on the best rogue hand scenes since Evil Dead 2.  In some aspects it's better: Ash Williams didn't hook up with a girl nearly as fast.  Seth Green and his un-dead partner have great one-liners and comic relief.  The weakest of the bunch is Jessica Alba's character, who doesn't seem to be on the same level of reality as the rest of the cast, missing some pretty obvious clues.

In summery, if you like one or more of the following, you'll probably like this movie.  If you don't like any of these, you have my pity:
1. Evil Dead 2
2. Watching stoned people
3. Watching people stoned
4. Gratuitous nudity.  (We're getting an R for the violence; why not get in a free tit shot for the same rating?)
5. Looking at Jessica Alba
6. Seth Green in Austin Powers.  Same wise cracking character on more drugs.
7. The Offspring.  They cover a classic, and then the singer gets his scalp ripped off.
8. Vivica A. Fox
9. Motley Crue.
10. Movies that switch effortlessly from horror to comedy in a single shot.

If you don't like any of the above, don't watch Idle Hands. You'll probably want to watch a good film, like Citizen Kane, The Godfather, or Godzilla vs. the Thing instead.  If you do like that stuff, it gets a 9/10.
Idle Hands
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Rhinophant
Idle Hands is a funny, funny movie.  Clearly the reviewers on this board do not smoke enough pot (except for Dr. Serizawa, who in all likely hood smokes entirely too much).
Chris K. attempts to compare Idle Hands with Peter Jackson's great films while quickly dismissing the new comedic horror classics of the late 90's.  Idle Hands is a fun teen horror comedy that actually does have jokes.  "Why don't you go back and get a piece?", "I got in a fight with my cat.  It looks like you got your ass kicked", "Ants? They were killed by ants? Please don't be stupid. Do you have an evil aunt or something?"  
This movie is follows along the lines of the Evil Dead series while adding the ridiculously funny teen comedy and stoner genres. So sit down, smoke some pot and enjoy yourself.  Who cares how good the movie is, you'll be high anyways.
Idle Hands
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris K.
True, it is a new 1990's generation of comedy. Comparing IDLE HANDS with a Peter Jackson film may be off, but then again have you seen DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?, Rhinophant. That is a horrible movie that features stoners. The new comedy of today is really horrible. I am not an old man, but I am 17 years old and I feel that the teen comedies such as AMERICAN PIE, ROAD TRIP, SCARY MOVIE, and IDLE HANDS do not have the ability to "strike gold" with both box office and audiences alike. Like I said earlier, call Mel Brooks to write in the joke material and it would be alot more funnier. But you have your beliefs and I have mine. So that's about it.
Idle Hands
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Fortey
"Let's clean the whole f**kin house while we're at it!" -Seth Green

 This movie was funny and a breath of fresh air from the shlock slasher flicks that permeate the teen horror genre.  To whoever wrote the original review... way to try and be funny, chief.  The plot of the film is this kid's hand is possessed by evil...no needs to see the incredulous bracketed remarks about this.  What were you hoping for, Steel Magnolias?  And to criticize the hand aspect? Weall know how common evil hands are... there have been numerous movies made on the topic, or including the topic.  This was an updated version chock full of hilarious violence, one liners and weed.
Idle Hands
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Rob
Well, first of all, I didn't try to be funny - this review obviously WAS funny to some people, or else Andrew wouldn't post it on this site.  I can't expect to please eveyrone.  And no, I obviously didn't expect "Steel Magnolias" when I saw this movie for the very same reason - it wouldn't be on this site!  Don't get me wrong - there were a few scenes in this movie which did impress me, but it's what we like to call a "bad movie."  Therefore, it's on what we like to call a "bad movie website."
Idle Hands
Reply #8. Posted on January 24, 2002, 01:23:29 AM by KingChron
This movie is awesome! Not only is it funny as hell, but Jessica Alba is ridiculously hot. While admittedly it is funnier when stoned, it is great even when straight. It should never be compared to Evil Dead 2. Oh and by the way, Sam Raimi did evil dead, not Peter Jackson. He did Dead Alive, yet another awesome movie.
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