Owen Gleiberman
March 14, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Cannibal: The Road to Reality

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
87 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/16/07
director
Perry Grebin, Michael Nigro
distributor
Lifesize
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

Reality TV often consists of greasy hybrids — it’s The Osbournes meets Andrew Dice Clay! — and this exposé of how the reality sausage gets made, is itself less than pure. American Cannibal: The Road to Reality follows two writers, Gil Ripley and Dave Roberts (if it’s possible to be smugly self-deprecating, that’s these guys), as they pitch a who-will-lose-his-cherry series called Virgin Territory. (It’s currently casting.) The ”documentary” then turns into a didactic hoax, with a pilot for a Survivor-gone-cannibal show. The writers act shocked at how low they are stooping, but given their desire to write sitcoms, you have to wonder.

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