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Bad Fever

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Dustin Guy Defa

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Plot Summary

Eddie (Kentucker Audley) bumbles his way through an agonizing courtship with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), a manipulating drifter who videotapes their fleeting moments together. To express his true feelings for her, he orchestrates his debut stand-up performance at the local comedy club. Bad Fever is a witness to one man’s broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 3.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As the camera skitters spastically around its troubled schlub, the film becomes a muddy, minimalist moan of desperation. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Feb 2, 2012

Fresh: Audley, a helmer in his own right, somehow infuses Eddie with a compelling presence that exerts an offbeat authenticity. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 3, 2012

Fresh: From its opening white-letters-on-red-background credit sequence to its diligent focus on a wayward loner drifting about the outskirts of society and sanity, Bad Fever has the empathetic soul of '70s American filmmaking. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Jan 31, 2012

Rotten: Heavy on the awkward silences and joggling, invasive close-ups. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, May 11, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Brave Cinema

A quietly disarming tale of loneliness. Equal parts bleak, beautiful and tender, Bad Fever picks up where the great American films of the 1970's too abruptly left off.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2012

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