ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: THE WAY OF THE TOSSER (Tim Doiron, April Mullen) Rating: N
A handful of Ryerson grads have collaborated on a film that’s as trivial as eeny, meeny, miny, moe, and even less fun.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way Of The Tosser is a mockumentary that traps us in the company of the extremely unlikeable “tossers” Gary and Holly Brewer (played by directors Tim Doiron and April Mullen respectively). They’re a cartoonish couple who obsessively exercise with finger push-ups and shaman chants to rev up for some serious wrist action at the forthcoming RPS World Championships.
Doiron channels Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, repeating gags that were never funny to begin with, while Mullen hops about looking like a lobotomized Kate Hudson. Interview footage with a “Rock, Paper Scissors historian” may or may not be for real; it’s certainly not clear given the film’s preposterous context.
Sold as an event, the film lands at the Bloor Cinema this weekend, capping a Canadian university campus tour complete with its own RPS tournament.
Enticing dorm types with a $100 prize and the chance of a walk-on role in the directors’ next film is one way to get people to watch something this punishing.
But who’d want to be in their next film after seeing a debut like this? Way Of The Tosser had me tossing and turning for a way out. Screens April 4-5 at the Bloor.