What Is It?

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What Is It?
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCrispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
Produced byCrispin Glover
Matt Devlen
Ryan Page
Mike Pallagi
Written byCrispin Glover
StarringCrispin Glover
Fairuza Balk
Steven C. Stewart
Michael Blevis
Rikky Wittman
John Insinna
Kelly Swiderski
Lisa Fusco
CinematographyWyatt Troll
Edited byCrispin Glover
Distributed byVolcanic Eruptions
Release date
  • January 27, 2005 (2005-01-27)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

What Is It? is a 2005 American surrealist film written, edited, co-produced and directed by Crispin Glover. It stars Crispin Glover and Fairuza Balk and Steven C. Stewart. As of 2008, the film has only been shown at independent theaters, typically accompanied by a question-and-answer session, a one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books as a slideshow, and a meet-and-greet/book signing with Glover. [1]

What Is It? is the first entry in a planned trilogy [2] directed by Glover, followed by It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. and continued with It Is Mine.[3]


The "adventures" of a young man with Down syndrome whose principal interests are snails, salt, a pipe, and how to get home, who is tormented by a hubristic, racist inner psyche. [4]


The film had received a 56% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes [5]


  1. ^ Taboo You: Crispin Glover and What Is It?-Film/TV-The Stranger
  2. ^ Goodbye, McFly: Crispin Glover’s ‘It’ Trilogy and the Cinema of Reaction·Senses of Cinema
  3. ^ "Glover's 'What Is It?' aptly describes film". The Salt Lake Tribune. July 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
  4. ^ Brows Held High What Is It HD-Internet Archive
  5. ^ Rotten Tomatoes

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