I remember when I was younger, a friend of mine offered another friend a couple dollars to mix all the sauces at Arby’s together in a cup and drink it…ah the joy of cheap thrills. But how far would YOU go to earn some extra bucks? Would you cut off your own finger for $25,000 cash?


Craig (Pat Healy) is having a very bad day. Already facing eviction, he goes to work only to be let go from his family’s only source of income. Going to a bar that evening, he runs into an old high school class mate, Vince. While at the bar, Craig and Vince meet a couple, Colin (David Koechner) and Violet (Sara Paxton) who invite them to come sit and drink at their table. Colin begins offering them money to do random things. In need of money, Craig punches the clubs bouncer for cash. Taken to Colin and Violet’s house, the two men are offered more chances for some decent dough. Holding their breaths and breaking into the neighbors house soon turns into more than just silly games. The money offers are going up, and so are the expectations. The night could get a bit bloody.

David Koechner in Cheap Thrills

My thoughts going into the movie, “This is an excellent idea for a movie. It’s a creative, entertaining, and even violent plot.” My thoughts after the film remained unchanged. “Cheap Thrills” is exactly what I expected it to be after seeing the trailer. I was neither blown away or disappointed. I’m somewhat flabbergasted to find a modern film who’s trailer doesn’t ruin the plot, or mislead the viewer. It is what it is, and I like it! The cast is amazing in my opinion. David Koechner we have seen in several movies as well as the TV show “The Office” as Todd Packer. He’s a funny guy who knows how to entertain. As for beautiful Sara Paxton and talented Pat Healy, well, we have seen them together in the 2011 film “The Innkeepers”. (I honestly thought I had a review for it already here on my blog, but you can expect one soon)

Is it predictable? YES, but not in the sense that you would think. It has a predictable-bound plot (as I call it), meaning that the psychology associated with the human interactions in this plot, are naturally foreseeable. Two guys competing for money…it’s going to get rough. Even if they were best friends, money can tear people apart in a flash. What I did not see coming, was the ending, and this is for a few reasons actually. I had an idea of what the conclusion would be like, but I was wrong for about three reasons. Obviously I can’t get into that without ruining the ending, but I was pleased.

As a last and final note, I have to mention the hidden portion of the movie. I’m specifically referring to Colin and Violet’s source of cash. We never really find out for sure, how it is that they have so much money. All we really know is that they are rich and clearly bored. I’m a fan of the mystery behind their net worth.


Abstract Breakdown.

Humor: N/A

Realism: 8/10

Emotion: N/A

Cast: 9/10

Music: N/A

Setting: 9/10

Quality: 9/10

Originality: 8/10

Entertainment: 10/10

Total Abstract Rating: 90% It’s a great late night movie if you’re looking for something to watch!

Thanks for reading!