A Penis That Takes Human Form
Huck Botko’s “Bad Johnson” is about a penis that takes human form. With women practically throwing themselves at him, Rich (Cam Gigandet) has women throwing themselves at him and this causes him to lose control of who he is. He blames his penis and it seems that it has its own mind. He ruins a relationship with Jamie (Jamie Chung) he has finally had enough and wishes his penis would just leave him alone. The next morning, when Rich wakes up, his wish comes true—his “Johnson” is no longer on his body. Even worse, Rich is shocked to discover that his penis has taken human form. The penis seems to have taken on Rich’s characteristics of selfishness, and irresponsibility and is on the loose and does not seem to have any desire to come home. Now Rich finds himself pitted against his own penis and he must find a way to keep it in check so that he can understand the difference between men and boys.
In the first scene the film, we see Rich having sex with an attractive redhead that seems to like talk and grunts. Another woman walks in on them and she is surprised and says “You’re fucking my sister.” Rich smiles and looking innocent replies, and turns on a demeanor of nonchalance: “Not what it looks like, babe.” By the end of the film, Rich is celebrated for his transformation from bad to good boy, while every woman he “ruins” on his journey to enlightenment is forgotten and becomes only a footnote in his life story and the story of morality. larger moral story.
This is the story of the eternal struggle between id and ego is literalized in the most obvious way possible. After Jamie, Rich’s Johnson is transformed, into a living, breathing man with a penis of his own and a bad attitude. This role is played by comedian Nick Thune who becomes the penis that has made Rich’s life hell. His apartment had been turned into a place that existed for hedonistic excess with Rich bringing over women and prostitutes to fulfill his various “needs.”
What happens to Rich’s penis is an obvious metaphor for Rich’s struggle to control his penis before he can lead a fulfilling life as the male half of a productive heterosexual partnership.
Gender stereotypes are all over the film and we are to see them as self-evident truths that bring laughs in return. Rich’s world, only men are permitted to be promiscuous, while women are treated as little more than rewards for good behavior. Yes, this is a silly movie but that does not mean that it is a bad movie—I had a great time watching it.