Video Hangover: Marcy Playground – “Saint Joe On The Schoolbus”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Saint Joe On The Schoolbus”
Marcy Playground, 1998

I smell sex and candy canine endoscopy.

An unexpected (happy) surprise: The first 71 seconds of “Saint Joe” play like a lost Spike Jonze gem. The incongruous setting of the veterinary hospital. The deliberate pacing. The graphic intensity of the doggy upper-GI scope that goes on just long enough to get uncomfortable. The transcendent weirdness and unexpected humor of the boy (Kuato?) giving a thumbs-up at the long end of the tube — it’s creepy and fantastic, one-third of an all-time classic. Unfortunately, the last 130 seconds play like a Marcy Playground song: tedious, derivative, steeped in banality and cliché. The Boy Who Cried Wolf? Seriously? That’s how the boy got inside the wolf? That makes no sense, and not in a whimsical, suspend-your-disbelief kind of way. That little douche-in-training (DIT?) deserved to be mauled, not swallowed. And what was the point of telling the story backwards, except to unwind the appealing weirdness of the opening scene? Expectations being what they are (low), I didn’t think it would be possible to be disappointed by Marcy Playground. But there you go.

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