The Dark Backward (The Man with Three Arms)
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The Dark Backward (The Man with Three Arms)
Writer/director Adam Rifkin's The Dark Backward is set in a dark, grimy, garbage-strewn urban netherworld, where a company named "Blump's" apparently owns everything. Marty Malt (Judd Nelson of The Breakfast Club) is an unhappy garbageman who moonlights as an atrociously unfunny standup comic. His best friend and fellow trash collector, Gus (Bill Paxton), is the only one who laughs at his jokes, and his sincerity is questionable. The obnoxiously exuberant Gus plays an accordion, which he always carries with him. Marty is seeing Rosarita (Lara Flynn Boyle), a waitress, but she… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"just too off-putting"
‑ Keith Breese,
"Strange and hilarious"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Tries way too hard to be a cult classic, which probably explains why it's not one."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Odd and twisted, The Dark Backward has plenty to thrill admirers of ugliness and enough food for thought to interest the rest of us too."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"One word: crap."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"A seriously weird, seriously cool surreal black comedy."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Really strange. Really bad"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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