Floundering (1994)



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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter McCarthy
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as John Boyz

as Jessica

as Commander K

as Unemployment Clerk

as Chief Fence

as Photographer

as Drug Kid

as Burly Driver

as Ruthie

as Drug Dealer

as Loan Officer

as Catatonic Man

as Sale Salesman

as Shaman

as Crack Smoker

as 2nd Crack Smoker

as Good Samaritan

as Chauffeur

as Businessman

as Chauffeur

as Homeless Man

as Homeless Woman

as Breadstore Clerk

as Paper Thief

as Flower Vendor

as Producer

as Westside Kid

as Insurance Salesman

as Phonebook Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Floundering

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

All-too-aptly named.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Because the speechifying lacks the cutting comic edge that distinguishes good satire, Floundering too often blubbers when it should be viciously funny.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie gets a lot of mileage out of a seemingly simple concept.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
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