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The Cleanse (2016)

The Master Cleanse (original title)
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A heartbroken man attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. There he meets a fellow lost soul, and together they discover that "the cleanse" releases more than everyday toxins...a lot more.

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Bobby Miller

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Bobby Miller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Galecki ... Paul
Anna Friel ... Maggie
Kyle Gallner ... Eric
Anjelica Huston ... Lily
Diana Bang ... Laurie
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Fredericks
Oliver Platt ... Ken Roberts
Loretta Walsh ... Jill
David Lewis ... Terry
Mark Acheson ... Zatik
Candus Churchill ... Nurse Jenny
Matt Phillips Matt Phillips ... Grotesque Creature
Barbara Gruen ... Waitress
Craig Michaelson ... Loner
Steve Blum ... Monster (voice)
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A heartbroken man attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. There he meets a fellow lost soul, and together they discover that "the cleanse" releases more than everyday toxins...a lot more.

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We all have our demons.


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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Part 2 of Bobby Miller's "Trilogy of Tears" See more »

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If you watched the trailer, you've (practically) seen it all
6 May 2018 | by VinnieRattolleSee all my reviews

Paul has recently been dumped by his fiancée and fired from his job, so when he sees a commercial on TV for a retreat, he thinks this may be the jump-start he needs to turn his life around.

To say much more about the plot is to spoil the story, which is precisely the problem with this movie. Running a scant 70 minutes (with almost 10 full minutes of end credits), there's not time to get to know any of the characters aside from the lead and the story feels overwhelmingly underdeveloped, leaving a great many lingering questions. Frankly, it feels like a student film or a padded short populated by recognizable actors and complete with a pretentious ending. The performances are solid across the board (though everyone but Johnny Galecki and Anna Friel have little to do), there's a nice atmospheric mood in cinematography, music and direction, and the FX aren't bad.

I saw the trailer a few months ago and have been stoked for an offbeat oddity ever since. Unfortunately, the trailer played like an abridged version of the movie, leaving out only the resolution. For what it was, it's an okay movie, but it had the potential to be so much more.


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