Monkey Reviews

Through the Eyes of A Chimp

Monkey Movies
August 5, 2006

Chimp sings C.R.A.Z.Y

The Movie, C.R.A.Z.Y. is a classic but in a very unique way. It’s a coming of age story which draws you in almost immediately, through its’ nostalgic feel, (it begins in 1960) as well as through the characters which make up this very dysfunctional family. I say it’s a classic for different reasons because not only is it a simple coming of age story but it is also a coming out story or at least a story of a young man, born into a highly charged male French Canadian Catholic family, who struggles with his sexuality. Zac, the main character and fourth born comes into this world under very unique circumstances which ultimately forms his character. This ends up being both a blessing and a curse and the classic religious wrestling match he has with God isn’t won easily. In fact you’re not sure who the winner is or whether it even matters. What does matter, I think, is that Zac is consistently drawn back to his roots but with a desire to live authentically and with honest connection. The family has a hard row to how and for all the cultural feel good collectivity that comes with French Canadian Catholic culture I don’t envy them for a minute.

The family doesn’t sweep away their problems nor does the humour override the truth of how messed up they are; the movie does makes sure to deliver hope without a sugary finish.

Rating: I enjoyed it, another great Canadian find. The only warning has to do with the sex as the theme is oriented towards discovering oneself in the context of Catholic repression. Just a small bit of trivia, if you’re wondering why Crazy is spelled C.R.A.Z.Y. you have to wait till the end.