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Sunset Strip (2000)





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The days when glam rock at its shaggiest ruled L.A.'s Sunset Strip come alive in this comedy set in 1972. On one day, a number of young artists, musicians, and seekers of fame and fortune find their lives intersecting in the sometimes sleazy heart of California's hipster community, including struggling fashion designer Tammy (Anna Friel), pretentious photographer Michael (Simon Baker), sensitive songwriter Felix (Rory Cochrane), and his dashiki-clad manager Green (Adam Goldberg). Sunset Strip was co-written by Randall Jahnson, who previously examined the rock scene in his scripts for The Doors and Dudes; Adam Collis made his directorial debut with this film.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Jahnson, Russell DeGrazier
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Mike Rad
as Badger
Josh Richman
as Barry Bernstein
Jared Leto
as Glen Walker
Adam Goldberg
as Marty Shapiro
Simon Baker
as Michael Scott
John Randolph
as Mr. Niederhaus
Anna Friel
as Tammy Franklin
Krista Allen
as Jennifer
Marcus Johnson
as Toussaint
Dave Lafa
as Malcolm
as Turner's Counter Cle...
Brian Gattas
as Production Assistant
Michelle Beaudoin
as Girl with Frizzy Red...
Anna Berger
as Older Waitress
Judy Greer
as Younger Waitress
Paul Weiss
as Guitar Counter Clerk
Ryan 'Rhino' Michael...
as Doorman at Duncan's
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Guitar Center Owner
Ralph P. Martin
as Motel Pool Man
Linda Lawson
as Mrs. Canter
Nowldar Alexander Wi...
as Guitar Store Clerk N...
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 6, 2008
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Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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May 29, 2001
AV Club
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August 17, 2005

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Sunset Strip


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.

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***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.***

Steve Smith

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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