REVIEW BY JEREMIAH ROSARIO
Mary moves back to her suburban hometown, to find that the suburbs are scarier in more ways than she ever remembered.
I'm going to come right out and say it, I don't think Megan F. Johnston's The Ice Cream Truck is a particularly good film. At least, not when you break it down to the components which make up its whole. Performances are all over the place, ranging from awkward and stilted to over-the-top and goofy. Line delivery can inadvertently lead to some rather uncomfortable and cringe-filled moments. Some of the characters come off as hilariously miscast (no way in hell does any eighteen-year-old look the way Max does), and the story which brings it all together borders on comical incoherence. I'm not even sure how I'd actually describe what kind of film this is to someone who hasn't seen it. Desperate Housewives Halloween Special? Goosebumps for adults? Lynchian horror? A lifetime television mystery drama?
Uh, yes. Actually, it's all these things -- and more. The Ice Cream Truck is what happens when you use every single flavor of ice cream at your disposal (good and bad), to make your sugar-filled treat. It's so aimless and yet, you're still going to find those elements which manage to tickle your taste buds in all the right ways, maybe even being exposed to combinations you had no idea you'd like...so you keep eating it, just to see what you taste next.
And it's in that unpredictability that I found myself being genuinely entertained by the film. Who is this ice cream man and what's his motive for murder? Will Mary succumb to the temptation of the eighteen (going on 40) year-old local lawn-care high school graduate? Will Jessica ever finish trimming that hedge? What's the deal with the delivery man and his righteous mustache? Why is everyone so horny? Will any of these questions be answered by the end? Does it even matter? If you're mildly intrigued to find out, then by all means, give it a shot. There are far worse films you could spend 90 minutes with, and I guarantee none of those will have this guy in it:
As for me?
...I'll have seconds.