Operation: Get Rid of Pinky is a film that one could assume would be just as wacky as its title. After watching this comedy from writer/director Matthew Merz and co-writer Chet Johnson my initial assumption was confirmed. The film follows Dave (Darnell Coney) as he returns to his hometown after serving in the Army. Upon his arrival he realizes that the town has drastically changed. The plot might at first sound something like Walking Tall, but once the first scene comes into action, that comparison disappears.
The town is run by a character called Pinky who, as one would imagine, is clad in an all-pink getup and is followed by an entourage similarly outfitted in solid colors of their own. Meanwhile Dave finds himself struggling to find work and takes a gig peddling “E-Rect,” a Viagra-style pill. Once Pinky learns that the crushed up pills cause a high unlike any other, “Pink Powder” is born and consumes the city.
The film is full of zany characters, stereotypes, and sex humor. While evidence of the story makes appearances periodically, the focus is put on the wild and crazy characters and the over-the-top things they get themselves into. Case in point: Dave’s job involves him wearing a giant penis suit complete with a large set of blue testicles. Another scene features a horde of zombie-like individuals strung out on powder that start doing the Thriller dance. Those are just some examples of the non-stop over-the-top random craziness of the film.
Operation: Get Rid of Pinky reminded me a lot of Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. It features a similar plot involving the hero that got out of the hood and comes back only to find it worse then before. It’s even more similar in that it makes fun of just about everyone and treats every single situation as a joke. While I’ll admit some of the jokes here were just trying too hard, I found myself laughing throughout the movie.
Clearly by the title, this is not a serious flick and isn’t everyone’s taste. I appreciate off-the-wall movies that aren’t afraid to go crazy and I also appreciate filmmakers that make the movies they want to make. It’s clear they had a great time making this movie which is always important. While it’s meant to be a nonsense and absurd movie, I still would have enjoyed a bit of a stronger story that kept my interest in between the jokes. Nonetheless, the film kept me laughing and had plenty of WTF moments which always makes for a good time.