There are movies that come along that the trailers are so out there it is hard to figure out where to place it and what to make of it. That is kind of the reaction to the trailer for Don Peyote, but it does sport a interesting guest including Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, and Wallace Shawn with Dan Fogler leading the pack both in front and behind the camera, but does it have substance or is it just a bad trip?
Don Peyote follows an unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, he becomes obsessed with 2012 doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiance is busy planning their wedding. The first half of this movie seems to stumble a bit as it tries to find its footing, but once it does it becomes pretty interesting. The film is all over the place most of the time, but that is on purpose since the majority of the time he is tripping out. Most of the co-stars make quick cameos as opposed to full on roles, but each add their own uniqueness to the role. The direction the overall film goes makes it hard at times to figure out if it is supposed to be a drama, comedy or a bit of both because it is jam packed together with little breathing room. The funny moments come and go before you can get the laugh going and the drama does the same, making for a film that is unique, but hard to really fully commit too. This doesn’t make it a bad film by any means, just one that is not meant for everyone. Fogler does a good job with both roles here as the story fits his high energy persona and he has crafted something original that is worth checking out.
This is one of those films that will either work for some people or it won’t. It is a full on acid trip, but underneath all the insanity and strangeness of it all there is a story there about this man’s growth to find himself despite not always being all that clear. Fogler has been great in a lot of roles, but here he has thrown himself all in and hopefully viewers will at least give it a chance and make their own decision.