DVD Review: The Brass Teapot
The Brass Teapot is an intriguing little comedy, that follows the misfortunes of perpetual job hunter Alice and her just laid off husband John who happen upon a very old brass teapot after having a fender-bender outside an antiques shop. And by happen upon, I mean Alice notices something about the pot and decides to steal it. Alice is the one who discovers that it produces cold hard cash whenever you hurt yourself. In fact, the more pain, the more gain.
Soon this down on their luck couple is rolling in money, but they make a promise to themselves that they will stop once they’ve make a million dollars. I mean, who needs more than that?
Of course on their way to that magic number they realise that they may as well have a little bit of fun along the way, after all, they’ve missed out on so much being poor. Cue a subtle nod to the dangers of rampant consumerism.
But the teapot isn’t a magic genie or a servant, rather its the mast and enslaver. Like any recreational drug, the effects of the teapot begin to wear off, requiring bigger and bigger hits to produce the same effect.
And then there is the pot’s history, comically portrayed by two Jewish brothers who keep robbing the young couple, claiming it to be their inheritance.
Sadly the film does run out of steam and ideas before the credits roll. It is still however a great little low key but deliciously dark comedy that takes a stark and honest look at how our consumer driven society has made making money the prime objective.
Rating: M Violence, offensive language, drug use & nudity.