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Floundering (1994)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Noted independent film producer Peter McCarthy made his writing and directing debut with this surreal comedy. John Boyz (James LeGros) is an aimless sad sack who is wandering Los Angeles in the wake of the 1992 riots. John is in an unclear state of mind; he can't find a job (and doesn't really want one), the IRS has confiscated his money, his girlfriend Jessica (Lisa Zane) is sleeping around, he can't figure out what the beautiful but mysterious Elle (Marzita Rivera) wants from him, his

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

All-too-aptly named.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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While the disjointed tale of contemporary alienation doesn't always connect the dots, it has a raw energy and sense of fun that's infectious.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Because the speechifying lacks the cutting comic edge that distinguishes good satire, Floundering too often blubbers when it should be viciously funny.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie gets a lot of mileage out of a seemingly simple concept.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Yet another quirky independent comedy about a disenfranchised white male urban slacker, Floundering is distinguished mainly by its left-leaning politics and numerous cameos by boho thespians and alternative rockers.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of those "chatty slacker" flicks that actually delivers some interesting characters and worthwhile conversations.

July 25, 2002
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For those who enjoy their comedy with an edge and don't mind the occasional preaching, there's a real winner to be found in Floundering.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Floundering has floundered so thoroughly by the time of this catharsis that it, like everything else in the film, falls flat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It's an engaging, occasionally hilarious story that occasionally seems as though someone had finally gotten hold of all that twentysomething malaise without intent to exploit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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