Paying Mr. McGetty Review
Paying Mr. McGetty Review
R. Marcos Taylor– Tyrrell
Don “The Dragon” Wilson– Shota Kabu
Anita Clay– Meena
Alissa Schneider– Cecelia
Wade Williams– Rocco
Jonathan D. Lee– Vinnie
Alan Goldberg– Charlie
Forbes Riley– Mrs. R
Tayari Casel– The Master
Directed by Michael Baumgarten
Screenplay by Michael Baumgarten and Adam W. Marsh
Produced by Traditionz Movie 2
Runtime– 81 minutes
Paying Mr. McGetty, directed and co-written by Michael Baumgarten, stars R. Marcos Taylor as Tyrrell, a man on the run from forces he doesn’t really understand and can’t control. All Tyrrell wants to do is get through the day, do his job, and get back to his girlfriend in one piece. However, due to a series of misunderstandings, there are deadly forces after him with plans for his total destruction. Tyrell is aware of the presence of some of those deadly forces, while others he remains unaware of until the very end. Tyrrell is just a regular guy out in the world. How the heck did he get into this mess?
First, Tyrrell wakes up in a hotel room, in bed, next to a beautiful woman he doesn’t know. He vaguely remembers partying the night before in a casino, but the specific details are a bit of a blur. And the woman in question, Cecilia (Alissa Schneider), isn’t exactly forthcoming on those details. She is nice, though, and makes sure that Tyrrell understands that nothing happened between them. It was just one of those “casino” things.
Second, Tyrell is spotted in that hotel by an associate of Rocco (Wade Williams), a super jealous local crime boss who believes that Tyrrell is after his girlfriend, who just so happens to be Cecilia. Along with his buddy Vinnie (Jonathan D. Lee), Rocco intends to confront Tyrrell and dole out some severe punishment. That altercation doesn’t go as planned (Tyrrell ends up smacking Rocco in the head with a coconut).
Third, Shota Kabu (Don “The Dragon” Wilson), notorious assassin-for-hire, is in town handling another assignment when he’s hired to track down Tyrrell and take him out. As we see at the very beginning of the movie, Shota is a total badass killer and a guy you don’t want to mess with or have come after you.
And fourth, Tyrrell has his girlfriend Meena (Anita Clay) on his ass, calling him again and again about paying the rent on their apartment. If Tyrrell doesn’t come through with the necessary funds, they’ll be thrown out of their apartment and Meena will leave him. And on top of all of that stuff, Tyrrell has his boss Mrs. R (Forbes Riley) calling him and sending him on laundry pick-ups that are seriously out of his way. And on top of all of that, Tyrrell has a rap album issue that just won’t go away (his latest “find” sucks). What the hell is going to happen to this guy next?
The great thing about Paying Mr. McGetty is that you’re never really sure where the story is going. You have an idea of what Tyrrell is up against and you’re always rooting for him to overcome the odds, but at the same time you don’t know what, exactly, he’s going to have to deal with next. Will he have to handle another irate phone call from Meena? Will Shota appear and attack him? Will that lame ass rapper ever stop being so damn lame? Will he be able to eat goddamn lunch without something else happening? Navigating these problems is tough, but it sure is fun watching Tyrrell figure out how to survive and move on to the next calamity. And that’s pretty much what Tyrrell deals with every hour of the day, some new calamity.
Now, there are times where the movie is probably a little too weird for its own good, but then that weirdness is also part of the movie’s charm. Tyrrell dreams about meeting a kung fu master played by Tayari Casel who then tells Tyrrell that he needs to practice his martial arts so he can lead a more fulfilling life. There’s also a private social club for international assassins that seems to operate in every town and city in the world. Wouldn’t someone outside of the international assassin trade have noticed that kind of thing? Wouldn’t there be rumors about it in the neighborhood? And why does it seem as though damn near everything is kind of laid back here? Even when there’s a chase no one seems to be in that big of a hurry.
The cast is excellent. R. Marcos Taylor is superb as Tyrrell, the poor guy that all of this stuff is happening to. He has an easy charm that’s infectious and you always root for him no matter what. You do wonder, though, why the guy just doesn’t have a meltdown at the end of the day. I mean, how much bad stuff can happen to one guy in one day? But then, that evident charisma makes Tyrrell’s tribulations easier to digest. He’ll get through it. You’re not sure how he’ll get through but you know that he will.
Don “The Dragon” Wilson plays Shota as one of the most laidback assassins in movie history. He’s never in a hurry to get anywhere, his personal actions are deliberate to the max, and he never seems to be bothered by anything, at least on the outside. He does express some inner turmoil, but then he gets through it rather quickly. It’s also cool how Shota doesn’t bother with the while slick badass killer thing like the assassins in the social club. Shota proudly wears a sweatshirt jacket everywhere he goes and he doesn’t give a flip if you think he looks ridiculous. He’s a badass assassin. Who the heck is going to get in his face about it? Wilson also shows that he still has what it takes in the fighting department. When the man’s eyes go wide watch the hell out.
Anita Clay’s Meena is a bit of a cliché as a put upon girlfriend who always seems to be pissed off, but, much like Tyrrell, you can’t hate her. She’s too nice to despise. Alissa Schneider is hilariously clueless as Cecilia, the woman who inadvertently initiated Tyrrell’s bad day. I mean, she knows, sort of, that she’s done something potentially bad and screwed up a guy’s life, but at the same time she doesn’t seem to grasp just how bad she’s screwed things up. It probably has something to do with her being hot. Hot babes can get away with stuff.
Wade Williams and Jonathan D. Lee are a hoot as Rocco and Vinnie. I’d imagine that a full movie could be made featuring them freaking out in a coffee shop. I do wish the movie had more of Alan Goldberg’s Charlie, a bigtime local mobster. His characterization may be a bit too on the nose, but it’s still fun.
And then there are the assassins in the social club for assassins. Will we see a spin-off sequel with them and Shota doing whatever it is assassins do?
Of course, a sequel could be made where we find out who the hell Mr. McGetty is. I’d love to see this guy, just to see if he’s the kind of guy anyone should be afraid of.
Paying Mr. McGetty is a weird little action comedy. It isn’t what you’re necessarily expecting, especially with someone like Don “The Dragon” Wilson in it, but it’s worth checking out anyway. It’s weird in a good way, and plenty of fun to boot.
See Paying Mr. McGetty when it’s unleashed on the world at some point in 2017. It’ll be worth it. See it, see it, see it.
So what do we have here?
Dead bodies: 1
Doobage: A fat guy shaving, towel pulling, head smashing, multiple leisurely walks, a street beating, an almost driveway altercation, hand crushing, coconut to the face, tomato crushing, funny random street violence, some really bad low budget rapping, helicopter hooey, car theft, a room full of assassins, face kicking, a martial arts flashback hallucination, a room full of fake animals, a weird conversation, a hospital room that looks like a supply closet somewhere, farting, pizza eating, a very dead van, an envelope full of money, a stadium brawl, a chokelsam, a very cool Assault on Precinct 13 type hero walk, a cool diamond ring, and implied off-screen sex.
Kim Richards?: None.
Gratuitous:Florida, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Don “The Dragon” Wilson wearing a sweatshirt jacket, Don “The Dragon” Wilson calling for an Uber, birds, people on segways, Cynthia Rothrock, guy doing martial arts exercises in the street, double tequila, a lighter thing, attempted mini-mart robbery, a casino flashback montage, and implied off-screen sex.
Best lines: “You don’t have a kid,” “Take me anywhere I can get a big cup of coffee,” “Yo, man, I ain’t got no money!,” “Rocco, I think he gets the point,” “Grab my coffee,” “You’ve got a lot of brass, my friend,” “Hey, baby, what’s up?,” “Damn waste of money,” “You ain’t the only one who watches Kung Fu Theater,” “And who are you? We are the garbage men,” “Yo, man, I can’t talk now, man, I’m being chased by some mafia yakuza dude,” “Being a good friend is not about judging people and making people feel bad,” “God, she’s got great legs. That’s my girlfriend,” “This is what happens when you mess with the Goatee’s daughter,” “Sometimes it’s okay to start messes,” “This isn’t going to help the situation,” “If you’re that close to Charlie you know who I am. Put down the knife,” “I am finally the man,” “Why are you doing this? Let’s just say I’m not a fan of mismatches,” “You take three, I’ll take seven,” “You really look like shit,” and “What are you kissing my feet for?”