Danish auteur Lars von Trier has never been to the United States because he's afraid of flying, yet he seems determined to keep making movies about how horrible this country is. Here, he scripts a movie about our love of guns, directed by Dogme '95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg. Jamie Bell, an impressive actor in a thankless role, is our hero, Dick Dandelion, who buys a toy gun, realizes it is in fact a real gun, and then learns how to shoot it with the help of a co-worker named Stevie (Mark Webber), who, like Dick, is a self-proclaimed pacifist who just happens to be obsessed with firearms. They form a society called the Dandies, presumably derived from "Dandelion," though they also wear foppish clothes and prance around like 19th-century English satirists. Then they name their guns, and Dick writes a love letter to his. Vinterberg's direction is solid, but the story makes no sense and depends upon people acting based on some crazed Dane's stereotype of Americans, rather than actual human beings.
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Lars Von Trier
Producer: Sisse Graum Olsen
Cast: Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Michael Angarano, Bill Pullman, Danso Gordon, Novella Nelson, Chris Owen, Mark Webber, Maria Charles and Trevor Cooper