The Fanatic (2019)

dir. Fred Durst

The Fanatic is kind of astounding. It stars John Travolta as an autistic man who becomes obsessed with a celebrity, to the point of stalking him. Unfortunately Travolta – and Durst – seem to believe autism is most accurately conveyed by trembling, whining, hunching your shoulders, and going out of your way to harass everyone in the vicinity. The plot manages to spiral into assault and murder pretty quickly, and at no point are you given a moment’s breathing space to try and work out what the hell is going on. Durst is demonstrably extremely proud of this insulting dumpster fire he’s put together – his smugness is made incarnate in the scene where a father and son talk lovingly about how much they admire the music of Limp Bizkit.

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