Josh's (J.D. Edmond) motto in life seems to be "generation X
forever": He is studied something he don't really need, has accepted
a job he didn't really want, and has stuck with it for years because he
just doesn't know what else he might want from life. He's highly
intelligent alright, but most of his intelligence goes into the endless
consumption and analization of a series of sci-fi novels called Vanguard
Just like that then, Josh is fired from his job (well, it
didn't come totally unannounced, Josh was just too much of a slacker to do
something about it) ... and now what to do? Interestingly, Vanguard
Epsilon seems to hold the answer, as he starts hearing voices inside
his head, voices that tell him to get back with his best friends from
college to revive the past glory days when they were all full of hope.
Josh listens to these voices and soon enough has collected Terrence
(Reuben Tapp), a former rapper and actor who has since launched a
successful (if featureless) business career, Terrence's ex Laurel (Liz
Mariani), a former groupie who has since become a (successless) musician,
and her husband Bert (John Karyus), a record store owner with a weakness
for Canadian underground porn.
Together, the four of them visit their
old campus ... to find out everything has changed, everyone they have once
looked up to has either died ... or gone rogue, like their former
professor Garrison (John Sindoni), who has eventually turned out to be a
mean racist with a tendency of starting suicide cults.
letdown should have discouraged Josh, but he's drawn on by the voices,
which call him to Canada, to find another member of his circle of friends,
Aymee (Wendy Foster), Garrison's assistant - and once he finds her, things
get totally out of hands ...
By the way, the titular
"Saberfrog" is Vanguard Epsilon's animal of choice.
Saberfrog is a loving but also enjoyably mean hommage to all these
representations of generation X-ers in film and literature,
representations that all too often celebrate the generation's lack of
ambition and aimlessness (e.g. Richard Linklater's Slacker, Kevin
Smith's Clerks and of course Generation X: Tales for an
Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland). Saberfrog finally
returns motivation to the X, even if at first it seems like a product of a
creeping schizophrenia to finally turn out to be something much more
sinister (in a bizarre sci-fi sort of way) - and that's what makes this
film so viciously funny, too, as it starts out as a lovely yet slightly
irreverent nostalgia, but then gains momentum every step along the way,
with every new and even more insane plottwist - and the end product is a
really fun trip ... down memory lane? Perhaps, but taking a detour you
haven't yet even thought of.
Oh, and if this has gotten you at all interested, you might
want to get this movie here: http://www.saberfrog.com/index.html.