DRUNK BUS movie review – a movie that really tugs at the morality of one’s heart strings

Review by Richard Hill

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Title: DRUNK BUS
DirectorsJohn CarlucciBrandon LaGanke
Cast: Charlie Tahan, Kara Hayward, Pineapple Tangaroa, Tonatiuh, Will Forte, Zach Cherry, Sarah Mezzanotte, Dave Hill, Jay Devore, and Martin Pfefferkorn
Movie length:
 1 hours 40 minutes

This film started off slow, however I kept with it because the trailers were very promising of an entertaining film. I can say I was not disappointed; the lead actor of this film is Charlie Tahan (GOTHAM, OZARK) he did a great job playing Michael, a college dropout that has no idea what to do with himself after his longtime girlfriend splits up with him. The film opens with him driving a bus that is nicknamed the Drunk Bus as he goes around picking up the drunk college kids of his former school and drops them to their dorms. It seems like this would be a boring film and not have anything too exciting happen in it, but let me tell you it was great. I loved every moment of this film; it was not fancy Hollywood it was basic independent style and it seemed to work out well.
The story follows Michael as he tries to figure out what he wants to do with himself since he has been stuck in the same deadbeat position driving drunk people around on a bus every night since his break up.

Eventually we are introduced to the character Pineapple (Pineapple Tangaroa in one of his first big roles). He steps into the picture as Security Detail for the bus after one of the drunk college kids gives Michael a nice shiner. No spoilers here but from that point on the film follows Michael’s journey into who is supposed to be rather than who he has been the entire time he has driven the Drunk Bus. This film was fun and different, entertaining, and just great.

I give it an 8.5 out of 10, it is not incredibly artsy in the cinematography area but the acting is good and it really tugs at the morality of one’s heart strings. I recommend a watch for anyone looking to watch something unique and different, heck it would even be a good date night movie.


DRUNK BUS opens May 21st, 2021 in select theaters and on various VOD platforms.


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