Mothheads, which is the name for Butterfly Effect superfans that I just made up. I have totally and consistently flaked on ever seeing the first Butterfly Effect, released a little over eight years ago.
What I remember about that movie from its trailers is that Ashton Kutcher, who is one of the three Half Men on that show, travels through time to help out Amy Smart, whose street rape was played for laughs in Crank, and also to stop Ethan Suplee from turning goth, or maybe explicitly to turn Ethan Suplee goth.
You are now caught up. Needless to say, I also did not see The Butterfly Effect 2. We learn the reason that Sam is able to leap back to earlier moments in his life is because he can. The way Sam time travels around is by getting into a tub full of ice, putting a heart rate monitor on, and then intensely focusing on where he wants to go. He uses his ability to help the local Detroit cops solve unsolved murders by jumping to when they happened and watching who did it.
His sister monitors his jumps, because if he time travels for too long, his brain will burn up. That makes sense, because we all know how hard time traveling is on the temperature of your brain. It is, in fact, why most avoid doing any time traveling at all. Thanks but no thanks.
You never jump back to alter your own past, and you never jump unsupervised. Sam knows the importance of these rules firsthand. When he was 15, Sam jumped back and saved his sister from a house fire.
She lived, but in the new altered future, his parents died. If you screw with your own past, Ethan Suplee will now be a goth. These rules have stopped Sam from going back and saving his ex-girlfriend Rebecca 10 years ago, when she was brutally murdered. Drunk with grief, Sam takes home his local bartender, and he and she have a lot of acrobatic sex.
After a montage of five or six different positions and locations in the apartment, Sam catches sight of a picture of Rebecca on his coffee table, and he stops. I just miss her too much. He finds her already murdered, brutally. Somebody took an electric saw to her entire rib cage. When Sam wakes up in the present, his world has started to change. A Hispanic man now rents his couch, and he no longer has a car. His world is falling apart! Renting out a spare couch seems like a great way to make some extra cash, and cars consume precious fossil fuels.
Many more women have died in the same manner as Rebecca and Jennifer, and the media calls the person the Pontiac Killer. A hooded man grabs her and proceeds to violently tear off her clothes and rape her. It is brutal, and it feels like it goes on for a long time. Not a second too long. It left me wanting a little bit more rape.
Believe it or not, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations does not earn itself a rape scene. Fuck you, this movie! Luckily, no one saw this piece of shit. Back in the real world, the third victim, Anita, now was never murdered. Now HE rents the couch from Paco. My, how the coffee tables have turned! Did Paco get to have sex with that bartender across the coffee table? He probably did not, because she is now married. Sam finds that out at the bar. Sam needs to go back and fix things, again.
He hops back in a tub of ice. That is the least believable part of time traveling in this film: It is not easy to fill a tub with ice. When I am having three people over for dinner and plan on serving more than one round of drinks, I feel like getting my freezer full of enough ice is a multiday production of trays and Ziplocs. How does Sam keep having enough ice to fill a bathtub? Sam finally catches the Pontiac Killer in the act, and it turns out to be his sister.
Do you remember her? She was the vague, pointless character we occasionally saw every 20 minutes. Some of these people Sam did not have a relationship with, but he did in some alternate future that she knew about and erased. I am willing to give a lot of rope to time travel movies, but this movie is choke-sexing itself with the rope. It turns out Jenna is in love with him. Sam is grossed out, correctly, so he jumps back to the night of that fateful fire.
His parents are coughing and making their way out of the house. Make sure not to kill yourself in this fire. Sam goes upstairs and locks Jenna in, so that she burns to death. Lonnie and Rebecca are together, Sam and Elizabeth have a kid together, and his parents are still alive.
Everything worked out, and all he had to do was murder his own sister. Sometimes life makes it easy. His daughter walks up to the grill, and the movie ends with her putting a Barbie that looks like Jenna on the fire and watching it burn. What does it mean?? When You Should Watch It: When you hate yourself, and women. Impressively, not a single male character is harmed during this film.
Instead, we see multiple women brutally tortured, and one fake-raped. Max Silvestri is a comedian and a writer based in New York. Follow him on Twitter , where he mostly talks about food.