Idle Hands (1999) Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, Vivica A. Fox Movie Review

Idle Hands (1999)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Idle Hands (1999)

In Need of a Hand

Anton Tobias' (Devon Sawa) life consists of junk food, TV and getting stoned which is about the only time he really leaves the house as he has to get a supply from somewhere. But his idleness comes back to treat him a lesson as something takes possession of his idle right hand and with no control of it a murder spree ensues with not just his parents ending up dead but also his best friends Mick (Seth Green), and Pnub (Elden Henson). Fortunately Mick and Pnub return as zombies and try and help Anton deal with his rampant right hand before it kills the girl he loves, Molly (Jessica Alba), the girl of his dreams.

In my movie dictionary under the definition for inconsistent comedy horror it says see "Idle Hands". I'm kidding when it comes to the whole movie dictionary thing but "Idle Hands" does end up inconsistent and that comes from it solely relying on visual horror comedy to make it work. The entire story is simply about Anton's possessed hand going on a rampage and whilst it tosses in the character of Debi LeCure part of a sisterhood whose job it is to destroy the hand it isn't much of an add-on.

That means what you get is one scene after another of horror comedy which range from Anton's attempts to chop and destroy his hand, which includes such devices as a baguette guillotine, a microwave and a hot iron, to the now amputated hand getting involved in a sex scene between two students in KISS make-up. And the visual comedy doesn't just involve the hand as when Mick and Pnub return from being killed and buried in the back yard we have a bottle sticking out of Mick's head whilst Pnub has been decapitated. Don't get me wrong as all the horror comedy works but because all there is to "Idle Hands" is the visual horror comedy and to be honest Jessica Alba looking hot it does end up a movie which when it isn't tossing a new piece of horror comedy at you seems to have nothing else to offer.

What this all boils down to is that if you are a fan of horror comedies which have fu with in your face and intentionally over the top gore you will probably enjoy "Idle Hands". But this is a movie which beyond the visual gags doesn't have a great deal else to offer.