The thing about Assholes: A Theory is that it’s not high art, but the way in which it waxes poetic in expletive-laden fashion about its subjects is admirable.
The entertaining interview-format documentary — based on philosopher Aaron James’ book — becomes a giggle-inducing meditation on why the public tolerates assholery from the elite.
What it doesn’t do, however, is stand up to the biggest assholes on the universe, proving filmmaker John Walker may not have had the wherewithal to go the full distance he wanted to.
It’s all tongue-in-cheek and timely, but when the United States President Donald Trump, by far the biggest, most well-known asshole of the last two years, is never mentioned by name, the films intentions get muddled.
If the people behind this film can’t call out those in power who wield their swords of bullish, rude behaviour, how is the public supposed to?
I’m sure there are reasons for this — as it’s clear Walker Wants to say something about POTUS — and many of them probably have something to do with lawyers.
So while Assholes: A Theory may never reach the heights or smack the giants I hoped it would, it is nevertheless a crass, thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking endeavour.
Assholes: A Theory plays September 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Park Lane Cinemas.