Witching and Bitching (2013) is a dark comedy by Álex de la Iglesia, a cult film director best known for his off-the-wall sense of humor and dramatic horror films. Witching and Bitching was nothing short of what I expected out of a film by him, and although it was a clusterfuck of a movie from beginning to end, highly offensive, and one of the most ridiculous pieces of cinematic chaos I have seen in ages? It was also pretty funny, showcased some fantastic special effects, and was just over the top enough to make for an enjoyable experience.
Jose (Hugo Silva) is father of the year. Completely forgetting he had to watch his son this day and not being able to afford a sitter, he and Tony (Mario Casas) with a handful of other men decide today? Fuck it. Today is a good day for a heist and let’s bring the son along. So together dressed like Jesus Christ and an army man – along with sidekicks like SpongeBob Square pants and the Invisible man, they paint the town red in bystanders’ blood and procure themselves a bag of pawned wedding rings. This shoot ’em up is fantastically anarchic and beautiful to watch as it unfolds in all its chaos, but it doesn’t quite go off without a hitch. The cops are on their tail, and so is Jose’s ex-wife. Bonding over their mutual hatred of the women in their lives, the men make a run for France where they end up trapped in a town filled with? Well, women. Women who also happen to be witches.
Witching and Bitching is almost guaranteed to offend you. Female? Be prepared. Gay? Be prepared. Male, straight, and expecting any semblance of a cohesive or deep plot? Be prepared to be totally offended. However, for what it lacks in class and subtly, it makes up for with some incredible special effects, over-the-top acting that’s just enough over the top to be pleasing, and a handful of pretty decent chuckle-worthy moments. As Jose’s son is kidnapped and forced to be reborn to the mother goddess, the men are strung up (because man meat makes good eating) and the skeletons in the witch family closets are released. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from this cluster gaggle of a film and may even find yourself wanting to give it a second watch.
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