Jack Black Introduces the World to a Terrible Filmmaker in New Doc ‘The Insufferable Groo’ (VIDEO)

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brian-mcgee - November 16, 2018


One of the great things about loving bad movies is that, every now and again, you stumble on a director with an entire body of work that is pure insanity. This happened when I was introduced to Neil Breen, Len Kabasinsky, Ulli Lommel, and now—thanks to Jack Black—Stephen Groo.

The new documentary The Insufferable Groo documents the work of Utah filmmaker Stephen Groo, who has made close to 200 films in less than 20 years, and they're of the quality one might expect from a director cranking out 10 films a year in Utah. While working on his latest film, Unexpected Race—a love story between a girl and an elf—the filmmaker's world begins to fall apart.

Then Jack Black intervenes and the doc seems to cover the period in which the actor helps this director get some exposure for his uniquely singular work. It looks like American Movie, only with Jack Black instead of Mike Schenk, and that sounds like a recipe for a movie I'm definitely going to love.

The Insufferable Groo arrives on VOD and in select theaters on December 14, the same day as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mule, and Mortal Engines, though something tells me not in the same theaters showing those movies.