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Hank and Mike (2008)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 1,102 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
  • Filming Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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  • IMDb page: Hank and Mike (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 1,102 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
  • Runtime: USA:86 min
  • Filming Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Matthiew Klinck
  • Stars: Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini and Chris Klein
  • Original Music By: Phil Electric   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Easter | Holiday | Easter Bunny | Bunny | Shaved Vagina

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Paolo Mancini  writer
  • Thomas Michael  writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Chris Klein and Joe Mantegna star in director Matthiew Klinck's holiday-themed… See more » |  »

    Story: Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Chris Klein and Joe Mantegna star in director Matthiew Klinck's holiday-themed comedy concerning two downsized Easter bunnies whose friendship starts to suffer when the multi-national corporation that owns all holidays decides to make some serious cutbacks. Hank and Mike are the Felix Unger and Oscar Madison of holiday mascots: They may seem like a mismatched pair yet their differences are precisely what's kept them together all these years. While Hank is a hard drinking ladies man, Mike can't seem to look past his own insecurities long enough to realize how truly miserable he is. Once a year, Hank and Mike dutifully venture out to deliver Easter baskets to families everywhere. This year, however, Easter Enterprises has taken a hit, and all "Tier 2" holidays (Christmas and Hanukkah being prime examples of "Tier 1") are fair game for downsizing…Written by Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Sean Buckley known as executive producer
    • Pierre Even known as producer
    • Thomas Michael known as producer
    • Theresa Piercy known as associate producer
    • Morris Ruskin known as executive producer
    • Richard Speer known as executive producer
    • Jennifer Stivala known as associate producer
    • Nicholas Tabarrok known as producer
    • Josée Vallée known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Thomas Michael known as Hank
    • Paolo Mancini known as Mike
    • Chris Klein known as Conrad Hubriss
    • Shae Norris known as Lucy Sulsky
    • David Huband known as Mr. Sulsky
    • Joe Mantegna known as Mr. Pan
    • Michael Hanrahan known as Mr. Jenkins
    • Boyd Banks known as Leon the Neighbor
    • Ho Chow known as Phil the Foreman (as Ho Oyster Chow)
    • Maggie Castle known as Lena
    • Tony Nappo known as Stu
    • Derek Gilroy known as Liam the Sidekick
    • Jane McLean known as Brenda
    • Andre Arruda known as Luiz the Little Bunny
    • Talia Russo known as Nude Model
    • Jonathan Collard known as Keen Co-worker
    • Sandra Battaglini known as Screaming Co-worker
    • Imali Perera known as Field Reporter
    • Aniela Kurylo known as Estress
    • Dawne Furey known as Athena
    • Paul Vernon known as Band Member
    • Jack Jessop known as Watermelon Man
    • Tim Dorsch known as Coffee Shop Employee
    • Kathleen Laskey known as Connie Schytt
    • George King known as School Teacher
    • Geevan Stephen known as School Boy
    • Louis Durand known as Graham
    • Richard Waugh known as Smug Host
    • Cynthia Amsden known as Really Curious Office Worker (uncredited)
    • Sandra Ardagna known as Chic Office Worker (uncredited)
    • Dana Bondy known as Club Dancer (uncredited)
    • Tarah Consoli known as Depressed Skinny Girl (uncredited)
    • Stacey Kawucha known as Chic Office Worker (uncredited)
    • Ron Langton known as Depressed Man (uncredited)
    • Joanna Syrokomla known as Cheque Presenter (uncredited)
    • Nicholas Tabarrok known as Sleeping Bunny (uncredited)
    • Marco Timpano known as U I Employee (uncredited)
    • Matt Wilson known as Guy at Party (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Davida Gragor known as assistant makeup artist
    • Laura MacCon known as key hair stylist
    • Michelle Willis known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Cynthia Amsden known as assistant props: Easter Egg roller
    • Dave Bracken known as construction coordinator
    • Rae Crombie known as property master
    • Jason Herriott known as key scenic
    • Craig Tovell known as head carpenter

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Darius Films
    • Fella Films
    • Cirrus Communications
    • Téléfilm Canada (with the participation of)

    Other Companies:

    • Automatic Earth  opticals
    • By David's  catering
    • Hand Prop  props supplied by
    • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
    • Stargrazing  craft services

    Distributors:

    • Aerofilms (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (all media)
    • EuroVideo (2010) (Germany) (all media)
    • HBO Hungary (2009) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Los Banditos Films (2009) (Germany) (all media)
    • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
    • Magnolia Pictures (2008) (USA) (all media)
    • Vendetta Films (2007) (Australia) (all media)
    • Vendetta Films (2008) (New Zealand) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Automatic Earth
    • De Shed

    Visual Effects by:

    • Patrice Fortin known as colourist
    • Adam Hunt known as compositor: Automatic Earth
    • Adam Hunt known as visual effects supervisor: Automatic Earth
    • Sylvain Lebeau known as visual effects supervisor
    • Myrko Piche known as digital effects artist

    Release Date:

    • USA January 2008 (NATPE NextGen Film Festival)
    • USA January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival Market)
    • Canada 2 February 2008 (Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival)
    • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
    • Canada 25 February 2008 (Canadian Filmmakers' Festival)
    • China March 2008 (Hong Kong Filmart)
    • USA April 2008 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
    • USA June 2008 (CineVegas International Film Festival)
    • USA June 2008 (Hoboken International Film Festival)
    • USA June 2008 (Seattle True Independent Film Festival)
    • Czech Republic 6 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
    • Czech Republic 31 July 2008 (limited)
    • USA 26 September 2008 (limited)
    • Belgium 11 October 2008 (Ghent Film Festival)
    • USA 16 October 2008 (Philadelphia FirstGlance Film Festival)
    • USA 28 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Canada 14 March 2009 (Ottawa International Film Festival)
    • Canada 27 March 2009 (limited)
    • Canada 7 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 16 July 2009 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity, pervasive language, and some drug use

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , .

    10 Comments

    1. Vegaschic8 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      OK, so I saw all the negative comments about the plot summary for thismovie on the message boards and just had to write a little review. Thismovie was listed on the Cinevegas schedule and I had no intention ofgoing to see it, but there was nothing else going on, so I went withtwo friends that read the summary and felt the same way I did, "this isgonna suck." Were we totally wrong. The whole theater laughed fromstart to finish! Hank and Mike are two Easter bunnies that work one dayout of the year delivering chocolate Easter eggs to the children ontheir route because of the "No Child Left Behind" act. Chris Klein'scharacter sees the potential to turn a profit on Easter by laying offsome Easter bunnies and selling advertising on the chocolate easter eggwrappers; thus, Hank and Mike get laid off, leaving them with aproblem…what other occupation can a Easter bunny do? We then followHank and Mike along while they look for a new job and figure out how toget their old one back. Well, my summary doesn't make the movie soundany better, but this is a tongue in cheek comedy with some really racyhumor. Hank played by Thomas Michael has so many great one-liners, meand my friends are still laughing about some of them. I believe hepretty much carried the movie as the horny, beer drinking, chainsmoking Easter bunny. Chris Klein was OK in this movie, he had onegreat part where he sings in a lounge a really unromantic love song, Ilaughed so hard, I cried.

      If you like comedies and get the chance to see this movie, go see it,or at least rent it if you see it at the video store because it isworth it, it's hilarious. You should take my word, because I neverwrite movie reviews on here.

    2. hexrei from the Nth Dimension
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      I liked this comedy a lot more than I expected to when I got my handson the screener. A film about two easter bunnies getting fired could gowrong in a lot of ways. But I found myself laughing out loud eventhough I was watching by myself which is rare.

      There's some humor to be had in just watching guys in grubby easterbunny suits smoke, drink and screw their way through the film, but theyalso got a hold of Chris Klein for the role of Hubris the executive. Hehas perfect delivery and look for this market-gibberish-spewingnear-con man, and his drunken karaoke performance of some The BurningHells song I can't remember had me rolling.

      Thomas Michael comes across very well as the sarcasticsubstance-abusing womanizer and Paolo Mancini serves very well in hisrole as the increasingly fed-up straight man who can only take so muchbefore the inevitable explosion.

      Mantegna was strangely in the background considering he is probably themost accomplished actor in the film, but I guess there wasn't much of arole for him really.

      The bunny suits make for a lot of sight gags, especially theroid-raging bodybuilder who seems oddly at home in pink fur, and thescenes of them doing basic hygiene in costume.

      Overall I thought it was one of the funnier comedies of the year butperhaps I just like bunny suits and hard living.

    3. rubytroy from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      I'd say this movie was worth watching thanks to the humor and wholeconcept of it all. I just like how confused at first I was what withguys in bunny costumes, but when I realized they WERE the easterbunnies it put a whole different perspective on the way this film wasapproached. It was meant to be a comedy. I thought the guys did a greatjob with their roles and in the suits they were wearing. Me & myroommate especially love the scene when the self-centered business guyis singing at the bar. Its great! Though, that scene does not actuallyadd much to the story/plot it is incredibly entertaining. There may besome holes in the overall story including the whole easter bunny middleaged men scenario that isn't ever explained. I think it adds characterto the flick, leaves room for interpretation & conversation. As a wholeI like this movie a lot, and would definitely recommend anyone wholikes kinda slow but comedic dialogue. I enjoyed it, hope you do too.

    4. mrdeadhead7 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      Literally went into this movie with zero clue of what to expect, andnow that I've seen it, I'm really happy I did.

      It's not the silliness humor that some people may have expected whenthey saw to guys in bunny suits on the poster, it's a darker humor thatis delivered perfectly.

      One of my favorite things about this movie is that it actually has it'sserious moments, it's drama (as well as it's funny ones, actually a lotof really funny ones), but even during the most serious moments youhave to laugh when you remember that these are two Easter bunnies. One,a chain-smoking, self-loathing slacker that drinks too much; the otheran idealist riddled with low self-esteem, a bad knee, and an affinityfor sweets.

      Simply enough, if they weren't wearing bunny suits people would praisethe seriousness and remark on the depth of the social commentary. Butyou still get all that, just with bunny suits. Which you just can'tbeat.

      I liked it in the first 5 minutes. I really liked it by 10 minutes. Iloved it by 20 minutes.

    5. intelearts from the big screen
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      Hank and Mike is a pretty smart offering – off-beat, but on message,this is comedy with a heart as black as 100% pure cocoa: a sweetenedcenter tempered with bitterness.

      Cynical, surreal, and surprisingly insightful if you enjoyed OfficeSpace you should enjoy this – it's kind of a mix of Bad Santa andOffice Space with more that a small touch of the Odd Couple.

      The alternative reality stuff was saved from being Elf-like by thebooze, cigarettes, and foul-language; bless'em. There are only so manyjokes about Easter bunnies that work, so they're avoided in the main,though the ones used are good too.

      The humor is tight and a remarkably good satire emerges. It fails to bea total success, but as a quirky comedy with a gooey satirical centerit flies.

      An Easter Egg of a movie: didn't expect much but we laughed a lot.

      Recommended.

    6. peter-kelly00 from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      I rented this movie without knowing anything about it and with noexpectations. It turned out to be one of the funniest movies I haveseen in a long time. Thomas Michael plays the role of a womanising,heavy drinker who is quite comfortable with his imperfections verywell. His character is the deadpan needed for the running jokesthroughout the movie. Mike, Paolo Mancini, lives for Easter andbrilliantly plays the role of the straight laced guy, who's ready tosnap at any moment. Hank and Mike complement each other perfectly, asthe two Easter bunnies, with their individual glaring character flawshelping to highlight the underlying sense of reality throughout thefilm.

      A stand out performance is Chris Klein, who plays an excellent role asa cut-throat contractor hellbent on making a fast buck at anyonesexpense, and has one of the best scenes singing The Burning Hellskaraoke demonstrating how his character may be more tragic than the twobunnies put together.

      The bunny suits are a brilliant visual aid and work extremely well toemphasise the darkest moments, of an already extremely dry comedy. Thefilm would still work without the suits and Easter bunnies, but itwould lack the satire along with the ability to draw you into auniverse where being an Easter bunny is a job and that is how it is.

      The film is not a rip-roaring comedy adventure in the world ofhilarious Easter bunnys, but rather a tragic reality, where you canthelp but laugh at the flaws, interactions and one liners the welldeveloped characters have to offer, something akin to ArrestedDevelopment or Office Space as opposed to American Pie or anything withRob Schneider.

      If you take the time and allow yourself to be taken into their worldwithout expectations of a blockbuster comedy, I hope you will bethankful and enjoy this gem that slipped under the radar.

    7. alex_7140 from Romania
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      I tried to watch this on TV today. Based on some user comments, I wasexpecting to laugh. Big mistake. I watched the first 20 minutes of thismovie without even a smile.. nothing is funny in it.

      You see the 2 guys in bunny suits on the movie cover? Well, they nevertake those suits off. Being an Easter bunny it's supposed to be theirjob, but the movie makes them some sort of human-in-pink-bunny-suithybrid. So, how are the jokes with 2 bunny-guys? They shower in theirsuits, the use deodorant on top of the suits, they have a specialbunny-room at work, and they seem to have sexual relationship withnormal (non-bunny) women. I don't know how could anyone find thisfunny.

      I'll go spoil some more 'jokes'. The company they work for advertises'sponsored suicide'. One kid doesn't get her Easter candy, and this isall over the news – swap channels on TV, it's all about how the kiddidn't get her sweets. Oh how funny. NOT! Obviously, the 2 stars ofthis movie missed the kid's house. And they get fired. Oh my God theyfired some Easter bunnies. This was also supposed to be funny.

      Soon after this scene I remembered I was supposed to watch a 'comedy'and have some laughs. So I turned off the TV. This movie wasn't worththe 30 minutes I wasted on it. The reason I decided to write a review(I rarely do this): I was tricked in watching this movie by usercomments in IMDb and it's grade of 5.8. I thought, a comedy with 5.8can't be that bad. So I'm here to rate this movie what it's worth.

    8. merklekranz from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      Terrific dark comedy. The beauty of "Hank and Mike" is that the onejoke premise has been nicely expanded into a feature. In addition tothe black comedy, there is drama, and even a little romance. The ideaof sponsored suicides, which is hysterically dark to begin with, isnicely melded into the plot. Like "Office Space" and "Bad Santa", thetwo movies I would say are closest to "Hank and Mike" , it is veryre-watchable. There are some serious laugh out loud moments, nudity,gross out humor, and lots more. I would definitely think that "Hank andMike" has an excellent possibility of achieving cult status. Highlyrecommended of it's type. – MERK

    9. cyndibar from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      It's too bad they felt a need to make this an R rated movie. Eventhough it was a little dark, and it was full of great intellectualhumor, there was enough situational humor that I think it could havebeen a mainstream holiday hit. It's not for little kids, obviously, butI have older nieces and nephews (even as young as 10) who would havethought this movie was hysterical. I hate the fact that I can'trecommend it to my sister and other people with kids because thelanguage and sexual activity is so foul. I loved it.

      For those people who thought it wasn't funny – I'm thinking you didn'tget it.

    10. kosmasp
      30 Mar 2012, 11:03 pm

      The problem with the movie is that it tries to be so clever but it justisn't. Now that does not mean you might not like it (or find itjustifiable funny in contrast to me). Bear in mind, this is how I sawit (and I'm assuming you two, though I won't reveal the ending, butspeak of the one big thing, the movie has going throughout for it), sothis is what I think is wrong with it.

      The problem the movie has is that it is inconsistent. If you go with anidea (as crazy as it is), go with it all the way. But making guyseaster bunnies, you have to be clear about things. Of course you cansay there are no rules to guys playing bunnies (though if you sell themas bunnies, then you should at least apply the simplest of rules onthem) … You cannot have one bunny have intercourse as a human beingwould have (not to mention, that he apparently has nothing down thereto please the woman he is with … and yes male bunnies do havesomething down there.

      Again you might find that nit-picking, but I think it should have beenmore thorough. This is something where a movie stars to loose me. Butthere are things too. The inciting incident (not delivering an easteregg), is one of the weakest things that could happen. It's likeadvertising not to do your job. The chemistry between the two main guysis all over the place (conflict just exists, when it needs to be therefor the story to move on, which is kinda lame).

      The ending is completely bad, having almost to do nothing with the restand just trying to create a feeling in the viewer (and in my eyes doesnot work one bit, as most of the dry jokes too).

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