Shut Up Little Man! is a documentary that tells the story of two bickering drunks —one a raving homophobe, the other an insufferable queen— and their 20-something neighbors who recorded their nightly arguments. Those recordings became an underground phenomenon, and as that underground phenomenon slowly becomes a (relatively) mainstream success, three different groups looking to profit off the mess hunt for the only living drunk’s signature. But what will the man think when he finds out he’s famous for drunken arguments he had in the 80s?
The movie quickly grows beyond its two subjects to encompass the lives of the guys —two insincere assholes, really— who made the original tapes. At what point did their funny little experiment turn into a way to make money off secretly recording loud alcoholics?
It’s as weird as it sounds, but it’s also funny. I rolled my eyes every time an “artist” expert went on about how the odd couple’s arguments illustrate the human condition. In plain melodrama, though, that’s actually exactly what Shut Up Little Man! does.
It comes highly recommended on netflix.
In 1987, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitch Deprey recorded the nightly squabbles of their over-the-top neighbors, homophobic Raymond Huffman and proudly gay Peter Haskett, and the chronicle of the pair’s bizarre existence soon took on a life of its own. This darkly funny documentary checks in with former punks Eddie and Mitch, who detail their late-’80s Lower Haight surroundings, and surveys the tapes’ influence on an array of underground artists.
The synopsis says “darkly funny.” That’s it right there.
WATCH THIS FILM.