Lloyd the Conqueror
Dir.: Michael Peterson | Canada 2011 | 95 min
The nerd movie has reached new heights of lunacy in Michael Peterson's extremely cheerful indie comedy 'Lloyd the Conqueror'. The high school boy Lloyd and his two daft sidekicks, Patrick and Oswald, spend their time slacking in the sofa, drinking coke and eating yoghurt. One day, however, they make such a miserable presentation at school that their grade average falls below the cut-off figure, and to make sure they don't loose their student grant, they have to go on their knees and kiss the backside of their teacher, Derek the Unholy, like never before. It looks bleak for them, but there is a way out: their role playing club are lacking a few human punchbags to beat up in a good round of 'Demons and Dwarves'. And thus the stage is set for a far from classic adventure and a completely eccentric geek show, where the absurdities grow constantly bigger. With 'Lloyd the Conqueror', Peterson sends a spotty nod to related films such as 'Gentlemen Broncos' and 'Napoleon Dynamite', and he suffuses his soundtrack with a heavy metal score, which fits perfectly with the medieval mythology.