UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 30 (11:33 a.m. ET) – Audience members reportedly walked out of Swiss Army Man when it debuted at at Sundance earlier this month, and now the general public will the opportunity to walk out on it in a nearby multiplex now that the film has been picked up for general distribution.
In Swiss Army Man, Paul Dano stars as a guy marooned on a desert island who finds a flatulent corpse (played by Radcliffe) who becomes reanimated and farts his way through the movie.
Swiss Army Man is slated for wide release in summer 2016.
One of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has also proven to be one of the most controversial, with The Daily Mirror reporting that “unimpressed”; filmgoers walked out of the bizarre Daniel Radcliffe flick Swiss Army Man (other reports, however, dispute that anyone walked out).
To call the film strange is something of an understatement. Paul Dano plays a man stranded on a desert island when a corpse (Radcliffe) washes up on the shore. After a loud burst of flatulence, the corpse apparently becomes reanimated, and at one point is even used as a fart-powered dead-body jet ski upon which Dano rides in the ocean.
In a post-screening Q&A, Radcliffe explained why he took on such a weird role. “The chance to play a dead guy in this context was too much fun to pass up,” he declared.
The film has reportedly drawn mixed reactions, with some deriding the film as a latter-day Weekend at Bernie“s and “a 90-minute fart joke,”; while others embraced the film for its avant-garde uniqueness.
Swiss Army Man: completely nuts, hilarious, unique & bizarre. Dano & Radcliffe were great & clearly had so much fun w this madness #Sundance
— Amirose Eisenbach (@Amirosie) January 23, 2016
Swiss Army Man is one of the most bizarre films I’ve seen in awhile.
— Ben Jammin (@BenFrankIV) January 23, 2016
SWISS ARMY MAN: Yeah, no idea what to make of this fable about depression, magical realist corpses, and flatulence. #Sundance
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) January 23, 2016
— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) January 23, 2016
SWISS ARMY MAN: a movie about Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse is beautiful and sweet and moving and hilariously surreal. #Sundance
— Dominick Mayer (@dsuzannemayer) January 23, 2016