As a great man once sang, cash indeed rules everything around us, including the stars of the new film, Cheap Thrills. Chicago native Pat Healy plays a down-on-his-luck guy who’s persuaded by some fast cash into performing a number of bizarre and dangerous tasks for a restless, well-off couple. The film opens this Friday, April 11 at the Music Box Theatre. Healy and the film’s director E.L. Katz will be participating in an opening-night Q&A following the screening. For a chance to attend, simply fill out your information here. Winners will be notified Thursday, April 10. Remember, seating is first come, first serve; so arrive early! A full synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“A darkly comic thriller, CHEAP THRILLS follows the one-night descent of two friends participating in a series of escalating paid dares to entertain a wealthy couple with a twisted sense of humor. After down-and-out family man Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance) simultaneously loses his job and is served an eviction notice, he runs into his long-lost deadbeat pal Vince ((Ethan Embry, Empire Records) at a local dive bar. As the two drink their troubles away, they are lured by a couple celebrating a birthday (Anchorman's David Koechner and The Innkeepers' Sara Paxton), who shell out obscene wads of cash to Craig and Vince in exchange for taking on harmless bets. The party continues to a strip club and eventually to the couple's home, where the cash payoffs increase wildly as the challenges become more outrageous, hilarious, illegal and even downright inhuman. Drugs and laughter give way to sex, firearms, felonies and self-destruction. By sunrise, Craig and Vince will learn exactly how far they're willing to go for both big money and cheap thrills.”