Men & Chicken

FilmWatch Weekly: Men, Math, Chicken, and Czechs

Alternatives to this week's superhero spectacle include zany Danish comedy, offbeat family dysfunction, and the secret stars of "Star Wars"

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that about a million times more people will see “Captain America: Civil War” this weekend than any of the films listed below. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s a crackerjack action film, designed to release a flood of serotonin into the brain of any Marvel Comics fan who watches it. But viewers looking for other options may feel stymied by its ubiquity. That’s what we’re here for.

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Film Review: “Men & Chicken” is a zany Danish comedy

Mads Mikkelsen is a long way from "Hannibal" in this bizarre tale of genetics and slapstick violence.

Most comedies that make it to movie theaters are content to do the bare minimum: set up an easy conflict, get a few laughs, keep it mostly inoffensive. Done deal. It’s not like the audience really expects or cares about cinematic ambition in this genre, and filmmakers seem fine delivering at that low bar.

“Men & Chicken” is not most comedies.

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