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Phil Villarreal Is Hilarious and Irreverent in “The Counselor”

In response to Phil Villarreal’s 537‑word review of The Counselor on

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Phil Villareal’s tongue is planted so firmly in his cheek that he may require surgery if he ever wants to eat again, or engage in the activity he outlines in line two of his cheeky piece (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more), ‘The Counselor is Good, but Disturbing Enough to Require Post Watch Counseling [Movie Review].”

Villarreal has blessedly been given free reign and he takes full advantage, leaping at every chance to be snarky and giving loyal readers of The Coed exactly what they’re looking for. There’s not a shred of pretension here (a rarity for reviews of this type of film), and Villarreal tears through any pomposity with biting satirical flair.

There are a few grammatical errors and typos that Villarreal (and his editor) should have caught and some of the jokes go nowhere or go too sexual without any humor for compensation. Of course, a good writer knows his audience and Villarreal knows his readers will eat this material up and ask for more.

Calling the main character a “dumbass” may not win him a spot at the New York Times, but it is funny in context and feels like a fresh breeze in the stuffy, often airless world of film criticism.    

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