[s] Tour de Pharmacy (Jake Szymanski, 2017)


Tour de Pharmacy is a mockumentary short about 1982 Tour de France cycling tournament on which every single participant was doping. After the disqualification of the absolute majority of the cyclists after the 1st day, only 5 remained: Marty Hass, the first white man to represent Aftrica, Juju Pepe, the leader of the race until he died right on the bicycle, Adrian Baton, a disguised woman, Slim Robinson, the first black cyclist, and muscle giant Gustav Ditters. The movie follows the development of the competition between them, witnessing such story turns as sudden uprise of passion between Marty Hass and Adriana Baton, Slim Robinson’s detour, and a chance of Stu Rickman, a reporter covering the race, to actually win the thing.

The film is called Tour de Pharmacy, because using illegal and semi-legal substances to enhance one’s chances of winning is the primary subject of the story. It may have been inspired by the Lance Armstrong story as he was disqualified for doping; curiously enough, Armstrong plays the part of himself in the movie, – I guess, it says a lot about his capacity to self-irony. The film is structured as a typical journalistic investigation and includes multiple interview pieces from various people, most of whom had something to do with the events narrated.

The resulting film is a highly entertaining, funny and uplifting piece of cinema. As is characteristic for most parodies, it sometimes goes overboard with mocking – but in this particular case it doesn’t happen that often, and even when it does it still remains within the boundaries of good taste. The acting is pretty great, albeit not alien to exaggerations. The quality of execution is truly superb.

All in all, this is an exceptionally worthy movie. Highly recommended.


Time: ~39m
Released in: 2017
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Written by: Murray Miller
Performed by: Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Joe Buck, Nathan Fielder, Daveed Diggs,  John Cena, James Marsden, Maya Rudolph, Danny Glover,  Mike Tyson, Julia Ormond, Jeff Goldblum, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lance Armstrong
Entertaining quality5+ out of 5
Art quality:  5- out of 5

IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
®shoomow, 2018
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