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American Perfekt

American Perfekt (1997)

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In this noir-influenced road movie, Jake (Robert Forster) is a criminal psychiatrist who has come to the conclusion that our lives are dictated primarily by chance, and has given himself over to this notion by making most of his decision by the flip of a coin. Sandra (Amanda Plummer) is a neurotic woman on her way to pick up her younger sister, a teenage delinquent named Alice (Fairuza Balk) when she's run off the road and left stranded by a madman named Santini (David Thewlis). When Jake

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

May 31, 2005

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The film fell too quickly into the serial-killer mode and lost the edge it never had but always wanted.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[American Perfekt] wants to get by on quirkiness and so-called charm alone, and it just doesn't work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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This was one of those crime thrillers that came along in the wake of Quentin Tarantino's emergence and tried to emulate his style for 'cool' violence. The only thing this has in common with Q.T. though, is Pulp Fiction's Amanda Plummer and Jackie Brown's Robert Forster in the cast. The rest pales in comparison, and frankly, I don't see much of a resemblance.
A young woman (Faruza Balk) travelling through the desert on her way to meet her sister (Plummer) crosses paths with a psychotic physician (Forster) who decides his actions on the flip of a coin.
When I seen this years ago, I was thoroughly entertained and thought it was a highly original and exciting film. On second viewing, it doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny. The originality I thought it once had is basically taken from novelist Luke Reinhart's "The Dice Man". What is an intriguing premise is played out with such a lack of urgency that it becomes very tedious, very quickly. It picks up when Fairuza Balk arrives in town though and Forster's psycho pychologist begins to reveal himself. However, he's still a little tepid and despite a decent performance, he's not nearly menacing enough. There are a few things worthy of admiration but it's the pacing that's all wrong, letting down a decent cast and missing an opportunity for genuine thrills.
A half baked psychological thriller that aims high but ultimately falls hard from it's intended target.
September 19, 2011
MrMarakai

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This went straight to DVD in the US, which is not a good sign, but it's a very decent, if odd, Tarantino-esque film with some great performances by Fairuza Balk and Robert Forster. Worth a look...
October 28, 2006
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