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NAKED LUNCH - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1991 Naked Lunch Productions
Reviewed by Max Gardner on 17 January 2001

The Characters:  

  • Bill Lee - Peter Weller! Pest control man who's getting tired of his wife and his carnivorous typewriter.
  • Joan Lee - Bill's wife, addicted on his bug poison. Killed when he tries shooting a bottle off her head and misses.
  • Klartnova - Bill's case officer, a large talking beetle that doubles as a typewriter.
  • Mugwump - An amphibious creature that would seem to be another incarnation of Bill's typewriter.
  • Cloquet - Julian Sands! A "Swiss dandy," according to Mugwump, who keeps parrots and turns into a centipede.
  • Kiki - Male prostitute in Interzone. Killed by Cloquet in an unpleasant manner.
  • Tom and Joan Frost - Ian Holm and Judy Davis! Writers living in Interzone.
  • Hank and Martin - Bill's literary-inclined friends.
  • Dr. Benway - Roy Scheider! Bill's doctor and head of Interzone, Inc.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Being based on a William S. Burroughs' novel and directed by David Cronenberg, this is an odd one.

Bill is an exterminator who is unsettled, to say the least, when a giant talking bug informs him that his wife is actually an agent of Interzone, Inc., a shadow organization run by Dr. Benway. After killing his wife, per his typewriter's instructions, Bill flees to Interzone and is embroiled in all manner of strangeness - horny typewriters, giant insects, telepathy and enough tentacle sex to make any hentai director proud. He's ordered by his caseworker to seduce a writer named Joan Frost. Her husband Tom doesn't seem to care much about that, but when Bill breaks his expensive typewriter he gets pissed off, and Bill realizes he'd better tie up his affairs and get out of Interzone before something happens to him. Naked Lunch moves a bit slowly at times, and it really isn't possible to translate Burroughs' novel directly onto film. Sometimes it seems a bit forced in that respect - all the typewriters sound like Burroughs, Cronenberg quotes him just for the hell of it - but it's entertaining on the whole.

Hell, at least it's better than Titanic.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • If you're going to use bug powder as a narcotic, cut it with baby laxative first.
  • Exterminators eat their poison on a regular basis.
  • Don't trust strange German men who grind up giant centipedes for a living.
  • Typewriters are very territorial creatures.
  • Don't let your housekeeper get hold of any blood, pubic hair or teeth, or she'll control your mind.
  • Being raped by a six-foot-long centipede is not pleasant.
  • Don't give your ass any ideas about having equal rights.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 12 min - That's not something you see on a regular basis.
  • 52 min - Bill just killed that rather large centipede in his bathroom with his breath.
  • 56 min - Battling typewriters.
  • 62 min - Typewriter sex, I did not need to see this.
  • 83 min - Now that's disturbing. Where the hell do you put the paper in?
  • 106 min - Roy Scheider dressed as a large German woman! You will never see this again, folks.

Quotes: 

  • Bill: "Exterminate all rational thought. That is the conclusion I have come to."
  • Bill: "Someone's been stealing my roach powder. He's got it in for me."
  • Kiki: "I'd like you to meet a friend of mine. He specializes in sexual ambivalence."
    Bill: "Sexual ambulance, did you say?"
  • Klartnova: "Joan was a special case. Joan was an Elite Corps Centipede."
  • Bill: "Did I ever tell you about the man who taught his asshole to talk?"
  • Bill: "Tom, I've brought you a new typewriter which conveniently dispenses two types of intoxicating fluids when it likes what you've written."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

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Green Music Note nakedlunch1.wav Klartnova: "Your wife is not really your wife. She is an agent of Interzone incorporated; you must kill her."
Green Music Note nakedlunch2.wav Bill: "You're acting like a full fledged junkie and it's bug powder for Christ's sake!"
Green Music Note nakedlunch3.wav Klartnova: "Women aren't human Bill. Or perhaps, more precisely, they're a different species than men with different wills and different purposes on Earth. You know this instinctively Bill and it's your instincts that make you such a good operative."
Green Music Note nakedlunch4.wav Tom: "No American should find himself in a foreign land without a pistol."

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Bill tries out his "William Tell" routine on Joan. This is actually pretty normal, when compared to the rest of the film.

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Comments:Write CommentPages: [1] 2
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Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Curtis
When I rented this movie, I was fully prepared for a full blown heroin fest. Don't get me wrong I like weird movies, but this movie bored me so I turned it off. Bored and dispointed best describes my perception of this film. Not really a b-movie, just dull.
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Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Robert Stanger
Great webpage. This film just happens to be in my top 5 favorite films of all time.
"I knew that writing was dangerous, I just never knew the danger came from the machine itself" -Naked Lunch

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Reply #3. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Vic
I loved the movie. although it didn't make sense at the beginning, i think i've figured it out now (after watching it 3 times after each other).
in my opinion it was more about homosexuals and hetersexuals than anything else, with Burroughs in the middle not being able to decide on which side he is.
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Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Andrew
     Don't f**k with David Cronenberg, he's one of the few respectable-talented main-stream directors out their, and "Naked Lunch" is amoung his very best. The man has a strong vision, and he knows how to put it on the screen, that alone says alot....
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Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jose Saez
I'm studying psychiatry right now. This is a compulsory movie to be watched by anyone who is interested in this area. It's not fun. It's the visualization of a drug induced paranoia, and it's disgusting and causes fear.

And that's why everybody should see it. If you get bored perhaps is because you are afraid.
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Reply #6. Posted on April 04, 2002, 09:45:53 PM by Flea
I think Peter Weller just wanted a break from being Robocop, you know, expand his acting horizons. Although what happened to poor Julian Sands was a bit disturbing.
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Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Sinuous
Hey, "weird" is not the same as "bad" -- and if you think a good film must make literal sense, then you haven't really thought about most movies all that deeply.  Hardly *any* stand up to close scrutiny in that department.  "Lunch" may not be on my top ten list, but it tops most of the junk at the multiplex, most of the year.  And not so deeply disturbing that I didn't laugh out loud several times in the midst of it.  Burroughs once said that "Naked Lunch" was comic.  I've never been able to read Burroughs myself (headaches and depression by page 50!) but I truly saw the wit throughout in this adaptation.
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Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Peter
I've read the original naked lunch 20 years ago, so excuse me, I don't remember all things very well. If I remember correctly this film nothing has to do with the book. It's the story BEFORE William wrotes his book naked lunch. And so I'm asking where did Steven Sonderbergh get this story ??
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