A Slipping-Down Life (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lili Talyor is the best thing in this uninvolving and unconvincing drama.

Movie Info

Making its world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, this story adapted for the screen and directed by first-timer Toni Kalem is based on the Anne Tyler novel of the same name. The story deals with finding love in a dead-end life. Evie (Lili Taylor) is a loner, living with her widowed father, who works at an aging kiddie park where she is a costumed cartoon character. One night she hears the words and music of a musician named Drumstrings Casey (Guy Pearce) on the radio, and Evie is … More

Rating: R (for language including sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Toni Kalem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


as Evie Decker

as Bertram `Drumstrings...

as Clotelia

as David Elliot

as Mr. Casey

as Faye-Jean Lindsay

as Violet

as Kiddie Acres Manager

as Mr. Decker

as Woman at Salon

as Dick St. Clair

as Audience Member No.1

as Audience Member No.2

as Young Sexband

as Young Sexband

as Young Sexband

as Young Sexband

as Sloppy Eddie

as Crotch Cricket

as Crotch Crickett

as Crotch Cricket

as Redhead Girl

as Paul Ogle

as Drum's Brother
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Critic Reviews for A Slipping-Down Life

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (29)

It's interesting, not fascinating, intriguing, not electrifying. But for those in the mood for an offbeat pleasure, A Slipping Down Life may well satisfy.

June 4, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Never cuts much deeper than its subject.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Weaves a fragile --- and often funny --- spell.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A perplexing, dark and brooding exercise.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Independent films like to equate smallness with authenticity, but sometimes, unfortunately, they're just small.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What at first seems like observed, exaggerated truth soon reveals itself as a series of writerly conceits being followed doggedly to some logical conclusion.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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