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Tromeo And Juliet (1996)

DVD Cover (Troma Entertainment 10th Anniversary Edition)
Movie Connections:
Romeo And Juliet
> Tromeo And Juliet (1996)
> Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Genres:
Comedy, Gross-Out Comedy, Parody / Spoof
Director:
Lloyd Kaufman Lloyd Kaufman
Starring:
Jane Jensen Jane Jensen
Will Keenan Will Keenan
Valentine Miele Valentine Miele
William Beckwith William Beckwith
Steve Gibbons Steve Gibbons

7.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Christopher
Added: February 23, 2005
Benny Que, a cousin to Tromeo Que, runs a tattoo parlor downtown. There Benny, Tromeo, and an old friend Murray Martini discuss plans for the night. Benny and Murray try to convince Tromeo go with them to a club. He declines the offer because he has to get in touch with his girlfriend Rosy. When he arrives home, he finds his father, Monty Que, passed out on the floor. He gets him in the bed and proceeds to call Rosy. She answers the phone while she's having sex with another man, Bluto. She informs him about a party the Capulets are having the next night, then hangs up shortly after.

Sammy Capulet, cousin to Juliet Capulet, is trying to pick up a girl. He gets rejected as the girl punches him in the face and takes off. Murray just happened to catch this bit of action and started laughing at him. Sammy flips him off, which starts a fight between the two. They end up breaking into one of the rooms that have two of the club employee's having sex. As they shout in anger, Murray asks Sammy one more time why he gave him the finger. Sammy tells him he didn't give him the finger since he still has all of his. Not anymore. Murray slices two of his fingers off with a paper trimmer.

Murray and Benny being completely wasted from their time spent at the club, they decide to go to Capulet's home to harass them. They start singing a song about how much they hate Capulet until Juliet's parents come outside to see what all the commotion is about. Cappy, Juliet's father, takes out his crossbow and sends the two Que's running for their lives. Ingrid, Juliet's mother, makes a comment about never doing what they did to the Que's. Cappy feels that it was all her fault, then starts to beat her. Meanwhile in their home, Juliet and the housemaid Ness start talking about Juliet's marriage to London Arbuckle.

Arbuckle is the owner of Meat World, a shop that supplies unlimited amounts of meat. As fate would have it, Juliet is a vegetarian. There's plenty more she dislikes about him on top of that. The only reason she is marrying him is to be able to get out of that house. Ness decides to sooth her pain as the two become intimate with one another. At the same time, Benny and Murray are making their way to Tromeo's home. Before they reach his home, Benny tells Murray a story about the Cap's and the Que's. Monty and Cappy use to run an adult video distribution company, Silky Films. Cappy managed to steal Ingrid away from Monty. Then for some unknown reason, Monty signed over his half of the company to Cappy.

Cappy, Sammy and Monty are all at the police station the next morning, being questioned about the fight that happened in the club the night before. Sammy tells the officer that he dropped a popsicle in the garbage disposal and didn't think before he stuck his hand in there to get it. The officer doesn't believe it, but has no evidence to prove him wrong. The three men are let go. As Monty makes his way to Benny, who was waiting outside in his car, the two Cap's start to bother the Que's. Sammy starts to stick his head in the car, so Benny rolls the window up, getting Sammy's head stuck. After driving quite a ways, Benny starts to punch him in the face. Eventually knocking him loose that lands his head onto a fire hydrant.

Now with one less Cap in the town, Tromeo and Murray head over to the Capulet's party. Tromeo finds Rosy cheating on him with Bluto. With Tromeo in a sad state of mind, Murray cheers him up by the two stealing from the rich together. But first, Murray has to go masturbate into the punch bowl. Meanwhile, Tromeo comes across Juliet. Not knowing anything about each other, they start to dance. Another of Juliet's cousins, Tyrone, finds the two making out. He puts a stop to that and chases Tromeo out of the building as Murray is right behind him. With Juliet in shock about her only love being a Que, Ness tries to make it better. It would be the first time Juliet ever pushed her away.

Later that night, Tromeo breaks into the Capulet's home to find Juliet in the safe room. A completely black room that has a smaller clear glass room in the center. Juliet is thrown in there as a punishment when her father thinks she does something bad. This time she woke him up by dreaming of Tromeo and having an intensely loud orgasm. As Tromeo enters the safe room, the two begin to make love for the first time. Afterwards, she tells him she is suppose to be married to Arbuckle. Tromeo suggests that she marry him instead. Her father can't force her into a marriage if she's already in one. The plan was for it to happen later that night.

Juliet has to first tell Arbuckle that the wedding is off. He doesn't take the news too well. Back at Meat World, he's torturing himself until Tyrone puts a stop to it. He's told that the wedding is off because Juliet found someone else. Tyrone immediately knows it's Tromeo. Tyrone and a number of some other Cap's take a visit to Benny's tattoo parlor. When Tromeo walks in, a large brawl breaks out. Which eventually leads to the death of Murray. When the Cap's make a run for it, Benny and Tromeo stop them and start the fight once more. Tromeo throws Tyrone in front of a car that has a ladder sticking out of its window while holding on to his arm. The car takes away his body as his arm stays with Tromeo. The car stops in front of a tow truck that is lifting a car. Tyrone flies into the lift and gets his head sliced off.

The surviving Capulets are taken to the police station and questioned. They find out that Tromeo was behind Tyrone's death. Shortly after, one of Juliet's cousins, Georgie, tells Cappy about her relationship with Tromeo. After beating Juliet, she forces her to call Arbuckle and ask for him to take her back. He agrees and the wedding it back on. She goes to the church where her and Tromeo were married to ask Father Lawrence for help. He gives her the address of Fu Chang, a drug overlord in China Town. He gives her a potion that will send the meat lover packing. But when she takes it, the effects seem to be killing her instead of changing her. She can only hope the side effects will wear off so she can get rid of Arbuckle and safely escape with Tromeo.

Keeping the same basic plot of boy and girl of a rival war fall in love, there's a very unique touch that journey's for away from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Very demented in a dark comedy kind of way. All of the characters did a fantastic job. Will Keenan (Tromeo) and Jane Jensen (Juliet) melded very well together as a couple, especially in the several sex scenes. Debbie Rochon (Ness) did a nice job portraying the lover that will never get what she wants. The best performance was done by Sean Gunn (Sammy) as he performed as a drugged up sex fiend that doesn't have a whole of common sense. He also plays a character named Kirk on the hit television show, Gilmore Girls.

Several comedy styles of deaths occurred through out the film, with a couple that actually looked real. One being when Sammy was hurled onto the fire hydrant and having his head split open with a small amount of his brains laying next to him on the sidewalk. As silly as it sounds, it looked very realistic. Murray's death was from this spike miniature cane that Tyrone carried around with him. Tyrone rammed that into the side of his head. As fake as the cane looked, having it stuck in Murray's head had a very life like effect to it. But when Tyrone dead, everything was very corny looking. Though it was made up for as Tromeo threw Tyrone's decapitated arm at a blind woman. Then two children started playing with his head that flew onto their parents car while singing "I Found A Peanut".

Obviously not a movie that has any seriousness to it, just a very brutal adaptation of the original "Romeo and Juliet" story. Which was very well scripted by Lloyd Kaufman (director/producer) and James Gunn (brother of Sean Gunn). One of the things that I really enjoyed was that there was a large amount of Troma posters hung up in each house and peoples rooms. There was also a few video tapes of Troma films that could be seen in the background of Juliet's room, along with some places in Tromeo's house. Mostly something only a big Troma nerd would enjoy. Any fan of Kaufman's earlier works such as the Toxic Avenger series, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., or Class Of Nuke 'Em High would do best to pick up this film.

Final Conclusion: 10/10
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Dametria #1: Dametria - added 04/24/2007, 08:42 PM
Dude, your "review" sucks. Dont just tell everone what happens in every scene of the movie. This is the greatest film of all time. I own 5 different copies (3 VHS 2 DVD) It dosent matter what Genre you like, you need to see this movie!

BTW interesting side note....Directed by James Gunn (Slither, Dawn of the Dead) but also Sean Gunn (Sammy), is the infamous James Gunn's Little brother.
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 04/25/2007, 12:19 AM
That's his style. *shrugs* You get used to it, I dont really read his reviews anymore if I have any interest in seeing the movie.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 04/25/2007, 10:21 AM
This might be the most in-depth review of Troma film ever. Why?
Tristan #4: Tristan - added 04/25/2007, 02:25 PM
It's not a style. Anybody could do a scene-to-scene breakdown as a review. Most people don't care to read that. The same way I wouldn't read this based on length alone. No review should take 15 minutes to read.
All that aside, this was a pretty decent movie. Not the greatest Troma, but not the worst. 7/10
Ginose #5: Ginose - added 07/29/2007, 12:06 PM
Oi, Dametria. I may be naive (given I only own one copy of the movie, the 10 year anniversery one) but didn't James Gunn WRITE this movie? If I recall he directed one scene and that was at his request (much like Rick Gianasi's single directed scene in "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.", it turned out being one of the best in the movie). Normally I don't see why you credit him with directing it. However, he did write the entire script... only to have it considerably dis-assembled and re-assembled by Uncl Lyodie. Anyhow, this is one of the most in depth and complex Troma in-house productions. The acting is actually much better than you'd expect from one of Kaufman's movies, not to mention this is probablly my favorite on-screen adaptation of 'Romeo and Juliet' of all time. Entertaining and gratuitous in the emmense amounts of gore and sex. Troma at the top of its game. 8.8/10
Chad #6: Chad - added 01/07/2008, 12:51 AM
Agreed with Tristan - decent, but not great. It picked up towards the end, but I wasn't a huge fan of the first half of the running time. I get that it's a Shakespeare adaptation and that it's going to have lots of dialogue and such, but that's never been Troma's strong point and it shows here. 6/10.
Shakes #7: Shakes - added 01/22/2009, 11:44 AM
Greatest film of all time? Far from it. Still a fucking excellent flick, though. 8/10
Shakes #8: Shakes - added 01/23/2009, 07:15 AM
Shit. At least Motorhead is on the soundtrack..
George Snow #9: George Snow - added 01/23/2009, 08:36 PM
Jane Jensen ROCKS. Did you ever hear her song Blow Job Barbie?
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