The outrageous behavior of the rich, randy and repulsive are explored in director Wim Verstappen's razor-edged Dutch satire of capitalism at its worst -- focusing on a famous, wealthy businessman who lies, cheats, steals, and is secretly on the verge of bankruptcy, yet blames all of his personal failures on others. Under its opening credits, we witness graphic footage of a slaughterhouse, as employees casually butcher, skin, bleed, and eviscerate pigs and cows. It's just another typical workday at Cornelis Van Doorn's company, as well as the perfect introduction to his brutally screwed-up household and lifestyle... Cor Van Doorn (Kees Brusse), also known as VD, amassed much of his fortune by turning his abattoir's animal hormone waste into a popular birth-control pill. And amoral Cor doesn't care if his products are potentially dangerous to customers, or that his family -- wife Anneke (Andrea Domburg), adult daughter Els (Maartje Bijl) and son Huub (Hugo Metsers) -- is teeming with criminal acts and horrible behavior. But with their meat sales declining (in large part because exports to the US -- "the land of double hamburgers and big steaks" -- are routinely rejected due to VD's poor quality goods), his company is nearly broke. Now Cor is searching for a bloodline successor, which might be tricky because in addition to his public children, he has numerous illegit kids with various young women who were then paid off and married to closeted homosexuals. The only potentially credible candidate is a bastard son named Rien (Rudolf Lucieer), who's currently attending college on a VD scholarship. But unlike everyone else in Cor's motley brood, Rien turns out to be insufferably ethical. Meanwhile, Cor and his greedy board members consider marketing a new form of contraception entitled "Stop B," an incredibly unreliable product that has already been banned in its Bulgarian homeland, but could potentially keep their corporation afloat... As different branches of this insanely dysfunctional family plot against each other, a number of hilariously twisted, often incestuous family secrets are exposed (e.g., Cor's "daughter" Els is really his sister, since Cor's wife Anneke was actually knocked up by Cor's dad, an ex-Nazi collaborator). Let's not forget about Huub's sexy new girlfriend Tania (Sonja Barend), who visits the Van Doorn estate for the first time and is soon pregnant thanks to horny old Cor. Filled with committed performances and a wonderfully dry approach to all of these terrible people, their lack of common decency and untouchable mindset -- because no matter what occurs, cops can be easily bribed, judges are routinely corrupt, "business ethics" is an oxymoron, and even suicides or premeditated murder can be swept under the carpet. Some things never change, but at least we get to laugh at this collection of unrepentant assholes.
© 2022 by Steven Puchalski.