Poop Talk is kind of pointless. It’s not entirely useless, but did we really need a dookie digest starring comedians cracking wise about what they’ve snapped off? It’s quite literally “shits and giggles”.
Clocking in at just over an hour, Poop Talk is an aimless and artless collection of interviews that begin with vulgarity and conclude with some surprisingly funny reactions. Topics range from open descriptions to personal experiences to scientific breakdowns to the overall societal taboo surrounding “poo”; all addressed with the same level of juvenilia that’s either going to get on your nerves or tap into your immature inner child. It’s also important to note that the film has inconsistent audio levels, ranging from soft to hard. I just chalked this up as an ironic touch.
Poop Talk is at its best when director Aaron N. Feldman lets his subjects divulge their own embarrassments. The funniest ones take place in public washrooms. Brad Williams, known for poking fun at his short stature, sets the film in the right direction by sharing the time he was trapped in a pitch-black restroom, while the Sklar Brothers (who also executive produced Poop Talk) reminisce on a youthful memory about overhearing a legendary wrestler in a nearby stall. Lots of jokes fall flat, mostly because of an intent to shock the audience, but the best bits stem from on-screen reluctance. Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, for instance, looks horrified to be talking publicly about his own experiences; it’s a guilty pleasure watching him squirm.
Poop Talk will receive a day-and-date release, meaning it will be available on VOD and Digital HD the same day it will be screening in select theatres. If you’re still morbidly interested in watching Poop Talk, I suggest treating it the same way you would drop a deuce – at home and in private.
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