John and the Hole

John and the Hole ★★

This movie would’ve been better if it were a South Park episode, and it was about Butters and his parents. 

John and the Hole is trying to be a psychological thriller on a coming of age story, while trying to parody that material in the process. Both of these don’t blend together, as the director fails to provide an atmosphere of this world, leaving it rather empty and dull. It takes this intriguing premise, and stretches it incredibly thin, doing nothing with it for half the runtime, where the interesting ideas and themes the director is trying to explore are decorated In superficiality. What it is trying to get at with its story sacrifices character and logistics as well, which affects the believability of everything going on.