Sunset Strip (2000)
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I watched this because I'm a relatively new Simon Baker fan, and this is one of the few options currently on Netflix with him in it.
The storyline of Sunset Strip has potential, but it was hard to follow, moreso in the first half. The second half was better. Musical performances by actors Tommy Flanagan and Nick Stahl were highlights.
The main story is with Tammy, played by Anna Friel. She was quite a character. She's a stylist, a fashionista who dresses musicians, actors, or whoever for a color coordinated, fashionable, and hot look, circa 1970-something. Apparently, she's overly popular with her male clients and easily willing to give them a little extra in the dressing room if that's what it takes to keep them happy and coming back. She's good at what she does, busy, and popular.
Simon Baker's character, Michael, is a photographer who is friends with Tammy. He's in love with her, and she doesn't know it. He's around and helps her out as needed, but she doesn't really see him, too busy trying to keep happy her demanding and famous customers.
Meanwhile, one of Tammy's famous clients has fallen for her. He wants to bring her back to the UK to be with him. It would be a high rolling lifestyle for her, but she'd have to leave behind her business and depend solely on his love.
She becomes aware of Michael's feelings thanks to a friend of his, someone Michael saves from an overdose. Now she has a decision to make: drop it all and go be with singer Duncan (played by Tommy Flanagan) or stay and be with Michael.
In addition to Tammy's story, there are several other short stories mixed in. The one that caught my attention is about Nick Stahl's character Zach. Zach steps out into the backyard to play electric guitar for the neighborhood and someone somewhere down the hill answers back. They just might be going somewhere with the dueling guitars.
Randall Jahnson, writer for The Doors (starring Val Kilmer) was involved in this, and I can see some similarities in these 2 movies. Both stories feature musicians and a gritty look at drugs and sex in a 70s music scene.
There's a story here, but Sunset Strip comes across as being in need of some work on timing and transitions, mainly a big issue with editing.
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
The acting is solid but the writing is all over the place, lacking form and focus and leaving the movie in a narrative mess. There's also a tonal problem in that it's too dramatic to be a "madcap" comedy, and just a tad too loose to be a drama; if the story were properly focused, this wouldn't be a problem, but as it is, the whole film just comes across as half-baked.
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