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Rubin and Ed

  • Directed by Trent Harris
  • United Kingdom, 1991, 82 mins., English

Wannabe self-help guru Ed (WKRP in Cincinnati’s Howard Hesseman) is peddling spots in a get-rich-quick real estate seminar when he meets eccentric recluse Rubin (Crispin Glover), who convinces him to hit the road to the desert to bury his beloved (and currently frozen) cat. Director Trent Harris (The Beaver Trilogy) strikes off-kilter gold with this unconventional buddy film that involves unaddressed anger problems, the need to have at least one friend in this world, psychedelic substances, and how much watermelon Rubin’s cat can consume. “Crispin Glover’s performance as Rubin Farr is considered to be the essential Glover performance by hard-core Glover aficionados. Yet, however much the film is centered on Glover, it manages to work as a mechanism for the expansion of his unique talents instead of contracting them into a one-man shtick.”—Sidney Moody, The Austin Chronicle.

Genres: Cult, Comedy