The Mill is a dark and possibly mean-spirited exploration of the human condition, and the subsequent need for comic diversion. It is a coming-of-age story about discovering the true nature of the world, or more accurately, its lowly inhabitants. It follows a band of young men as they start to acknowledge their bleak futures during some rough, summertime employment at a Midwestern flour mill. From the shockingly dangerous and filthy working conditions to the near-universal ineptitude and warfare, it describes the ridiculous workings of that microcosm, and the rationally debauched minds (and code) of its young men, with a brutality thus far unseen.
Rob and Brian were young, a bit naive, and certainly not geniuses, but they were sincere and just bright enough to recognize absurdity when they saw it (which was always, and everywhere). Often, and in full alignment with their own most base human instincts, their only recourse against the pervasive senselessness was to join in the folly and find humor in whatever misadventure took place. The Mill is a comedy about coping with disappointment, unfulfilled ambition, and ugliness.