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The 100




Hurly-burly
(1998)
Reviewed by Scott Marshall
Rating: 6 Beans

URLYBURLY

Wow. A movie with this kind of star power has
not been this bad since METEOR. The cast
includes Garry Shandling, Kevin Spacey, Anna
Paquin, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright Penn, Chazz
Palmienteri, and Sean Penn, who is the lynch
pin that has to hold this movie together.

Sean tries; as always he acts his ass off, and
the rest of the ensemble cast seems to be
earnestly pursuing the Truth in this material.
Unfortunately, there isnít much to find in this
overlong, self-important exercise in stage
drama.

My main gripe is with the script. There are
some interesting lines and the characters seem
genuine enough that you can imagine them
interacting in the way presented, but the actual
events and the themes are very, very old. Penn
and and Spacey are flatmates in the Hollywood
Hills, where they do a lot of coke and pot, take
the occasional meeting and trade barbs over
the head of dim hanger-on Palmienteri, who
apparently is a struggling actor with a prison
record. Shandling is their neighbour, who finds
Paquin in their elevator and "gives" her to Penn
and Spacey for their amusement until Chazz
smacks her around.

Robin Wright Penn is a girl who is supposedly
in love with Sean (in the movie, that is; Iím sure
theyíre very happy in real life) but he knows the
truth and spirals into a depression, taking more
drugs and setting up Chazz with a prostitute
friend (Meg Ryan, enjoying a chance to reprise
her role from WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN).
And what does Chazz do? Throw her out of her
own car.

Of course the inevitable epiphany/meltdown
strikes Penn as he realizes that his life is empty,
heís an unpleasant lying using scumbag, and
his girlfriend doesnít love him. Ever see LESS
THAN ZERO, or maybe SHORT CUTS, or THE
DAY OF THE LOCUST? Put them all in a
blender and ask Barton Fink to be the script
doctor. Voila! Instant angst with no heavy
aftertaste.






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