Poop Talk

February 16, 2018

Poop Talk

Grade: 85

Cast: Documentary with Kumail Nanjiani, Nicole Beer, Adam Corolla, Rob Corddry, Nikki Glasee, Pete Holmes, Eric Stonestreet, and many others

Director: Aaron N. Feldmanothers

Rating: not rated, but filthy

Running time: 75 minutes

on VOD Feb. 16

By KAREN MARTIN

blood, dirt & angelsMore than 50 comedians gleefully release their inner 4-year-olds in this aptly-named body-function fest. While it has its moments, it may be more than you want to know about these professional pratfallers’ opinions on, confessions about, and attitudes toward a subject that is described in the film thusly: Everybody does it the same way; it’s the only baseline that connects the world.

Maybe so, but Poop Talk is not for the squeamish, nor is it a good choice for a first date. From details on toilet paper preferences to a lively discussion on why Americans haven’t embraced the practicality of bidets, there’s a lot of reminiscing about awful situations. Descriptions are intensely graphic, to the point that it’s hard to get some of them out of your mind once you hear them.

The most rational remarks come from celebrity internist and media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky and David Waltner-Toews of Ontario, Canada, an epidemiologist and author of History of Feces (wonder what the sales figures are for that one?) Their sensible talking points are quickly lost in the deluge of disgusting, revolting, silly, revealing, embarrassing and juvenile attitudes toward defecation.

From the hailing of the benefits of drinking strong coffee in the morning on stimulating a bowel movement to the instant effect matzo has on bringing on constipation, this film isn’t for everybody. Audience laughs will be tempered by the guilt felt when chortling at something that’s puerile.

“I’m not open about poop,” says comedian Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family). Yet he is, and he’s got plenty of company, most showing themselves in a light that may not be familiar (or attractive) to their fans. It’s your choice if you want to join in.


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