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Reviewed by Donnie Burgess for Readers' Favorite
Black Plastic is the story of four friends, Bill, Corbin, Ryan and Shane, who are visited by aliens and chosen to be ambassadors for the human race based solely on the fact that they are ridiculously high at the time. When they realize that the aliens’ intentions are more nefarious than they let on, the group sets out on a journey to collect VHS copies of the seven worst movies ever made to combat the evil. Armed with nothing more than their wits, a 1996 Geo Metro, and a huge bag of weed, their unlikely adventure leads them to impossible locations through space and time (never missing a chance to stop at McDonald’s), with government agents always hot on their trail. They have only 48 hours to save the human race.
Ryan Kirtz’s Black Plastic is to literature as Airplane! is to cinema: The story is unbelievable, the heroes are improbable, the events are impossible, and the laws of physics simply don’t apply. Yet, I found myself loving it anyway. Pure farce in every sense of the term, Black Plastic doesn’t attempt to make a believable story, instead taking every opportunity to work in puns, movie references and pop culture jokes. Kirtz knows the story and events are unbelievable, as he has the primary characters question how they are doing some of the things they are doing during the story. Kirtz takes it even further by breaking down the fourth wall on several occasions to talk to the reader directly about the impossibility of it all. While the story is certainly not for everyone, Kirtz courts his target audience well. If you are looking for a story that is believable, or possible, or even plausible, this one probably isn’t what you’re looking for. If, however, you are a fan of farce or over-the-top parodies, Black Plastic will be right up your alley.