Starring John C. Reilly, this mini-movie features a surprise ending when several hams duke it out – complete with guns – over the same sale item, a seemingly harp on the violence sometimes brought on by Black Friday in a nation of unhealthy, obese people who are always wanting more.
Director Eric Wareheim explains the behind the scenes motivation:
‘Ham’ was a concept that I came up with like a year ago. I was visiting my relatives in St. Louis and we were going to a Wal-Mart to stock up on ammunition because my uncle was going to take us shooting at the range. And at the Wal-Mart there were about six or seven enormously obese people on Rascal scooters all trying to get in the front door at the same time. It was like a logjam. Then I walked in and noticed more of these Rascal scooters were going up to McDonald’s, which was inside Wal-Mart, and they would get their Big Macs and sodas and they would shop with the food, so they would be taking clothes and putting them on their bodies for sizing and they’d be all stained with ketchup and meat grease. It was just unbelievable.