'The Brass Teapot' Puts the Slap in Slapstick




Life after college isn’t what they thought it would be for newlyweds John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple). John is stuck in a call center job, while Alice unsuccessfully tries to parlay her Art History degree into an executive position. Love isn’t paying the bills, and the sight of her high school friends living well is driving Alice to tatters. But their luck changes when an auto accident lands them near an antiques shop, where Alice is entranced by an ancient teapot.

The two discover the teapot has magical powers that save them from poverty and put them on easy street. There’s a quirk, of course — the teapot produces money, but it’s not activated by wishful rubbing. Instead, it spurts dollars when someone nearby is in pain — the higher the pain, the bigger the payout. Soon, the two lovebirds are battering each other for the payout. At this point, the movie seems like a send-up on Puritan notions of the virtue of suffering, but the story bends once more, when the lovebirds cross to the dark, dark side to grab payola from the suffering of others. Slapstick comedy, indeed.

The Brass Teapot

Dir. Ramaa Mosley; writ. Tim Macy, Ramaa Mosley; feat. Juno Temple, Michael Angarano

7:30pm Thu, May 23 (one day only)

Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

1255 SW Loop 410

(210) 677-8500