Garbage in Films // 2007 // 35 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 21st, 2008
Looking for a 30-minute documentary about recycling? How about a 30-minute documentary featuring the music of the guy who sang "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?" Would you like to learn about houses made of paper or pigs that eat out-of-date food or a guy that picks up garbage and constructs horrifying sculptures out of it?
Friends, all that and more await you with Respect Yo' Mama: Here Comes Mr. Recycle Man a look at the intricacies of putting plastic bottles and aluminum cans into a different colored plastic container. And how about that title? Wow! I have no idea what it means!
The program is divided into several chapters looking at varied approaches to recycling, narrated by a couple of people who, frankly, are awful narrators. There's a woman named Inga and a guy with huge glasses who recites lines with the charisma of an unplugged blender and they're your guides, taking you through an overview of how humans were giant idiots way back when and f-ed up the environment by throwing all manner of crap all over the place.
But here comes the recycle man and now there's no excuse for your lazy Earth-raping butt because recycling is both easy and fun and if you're so inclined you can take your recycling habits to the next level -- you can build a house out of paper! That's right, with all the paper waste out there, some enterprising individuals have taken it upon themselves to turn that paper into a thick stew-like substance and build ugly houses out of it that look slightly less comfortable than a tarp hung between two branches.
My personal favorite use of trash is the gentleman who glues and staples it together and calls it art. He may not land a gallery showing anytime soon and personally I wouldn't want it 300 yards within my own living room but at least he's channeling his creative energy into an activity that benefits the environment.
Respect Yo' Mama is geared toward a younger audience. The recycling information is delivered in an easy-to-digest presentation and there is plenty of interesting footage involving fat pigs eating out of a trough or garbage getting crushed in huge machines or square bales of smashed cans dropped onto freighters bound for China.
That being said, it's still a pretty low-quality DVD -- full frame and no extras -- and I'm sure there are plenty of better-produced presentations packing more information out there. None leap to mind, however, so for now, this one gets the "Recycling Documentary" seal of approval -- by default.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Garbage in Films
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 35 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Site