The latest recruit for APCOP (American Pop Culture Outreach Program), the Pentagon’s “low profile” mission to bridge the cultural gap between the United States and Afghanistan, is none other than Belvis Bash (Alexander Loy). That’s right, Belvis Bash!
He’s sort of a musical amalgamation of Johnny Cash and Elvis (Belvis actually plays a pretty mean guitar and sings some tasty little ditties — “Love Man,” “Nice and Pretty” and of course that old standard, “Kabul Wobble”) and he’s on his way to the front to entertain … and more.
That’s the set up for writer/director Alexander Loy’s politically incorrect comedy Zero Dark Dirty (yes, Belvis himself), which will be heading home on DVD on May 14 from Green Apple Entertainment.
He’s given little insight into his assignment by Major Emile Hickory (Mark Metcalf — as Neidermeyer in Animal House, plus numerous TV and movie roles in the past 35 years), which is either a clever plan with ulterior motives or something designed by someone on drugs or an escapee from a mental institution (or both). His agent, Namco Douglas (Daniel Baldwin), is no help either in sorting things out.
|Alexander Loy as Belvis Bash|
In any case, Belvis arrives on the frontlines and ready to do his duty. Of course, every great singer on tour has an opening act to warm the audience up and Major Hickory has got just the sidekick for Belvis, the over-the-top Borscht Belt comedian, Samuel Stilman (Corey Feldman doing a beautiful rip on Sean Penn — think: Sean Penn as Harvey Milk only with long straggly hair doing really offensive jokes).
With danger all around and death at any moment (from angry audiences or ruthless terrorists), Belvis still has the very good fortune to find romance, which comes in the form of May Summer (Noelle Locke), a member of an inept musical touring group that includes Frank Stallone and Quinn Gonzalez as Jean Valjean and Javert respectively. They must have made a wrong turn at Damascus to get here.
|Noelle Locke and Alexander Loy in Zero Dark Dirty|
If everything is as it seems in Zero Dark Dirty, then Belvis has been sent on a suicide mission … but you suspect early on that there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye. Or is that kissing the camel’s toe? Whatever … you never know when there’s an APCOP mission afoot if there is any planning or not. Just have fun and enjoy the jokes and sight gags.
Bonus features include a drunken director commentary (Alexander Loy and co-director Joe Walser) and deleted scenes.
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