And that’s basically all of the main story for the movie. Tire gets angry. Things explode. But that’s only half of what the movie is. It’s also another entry into the increasingly crowded field of meta-cinema and one of the few that comments as much on its audience as its form. The events of Rubber are observed from afar by an audience, watching through binoculars, commenting on the action and offering speculation.
Quite what was intended by Dupieux is a little mysterious to me. The whole metafiction aspect of the story delivers many of the film’s biggest laughs through the police Lieutenant Chad (Stephen Spinella) as he attempts to both run an investigation into a killer tire and maintain control over the increasingly uncontrollable “movie” that the audience is watching from their desert vantage point, but whether or not a self-proclaimed “homage to no reason” has much worth in itself is questionable.