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David Rabe's popular play of Hollywood immorality and decadence is brought to the big screen by director Anthony Drazan and an all-star cast that includes Sean Penn, Robin Wright-Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, and Anna Paquin. The film is set in the Hollywood Hills and tells the story of Eddie (Penn) a drinking-smoking-snorting-womanizing casting director and his philandering partner-roommate Mickey (Spacey). Along with their buddies Artie and Phil, they sit
Dec 25, 1998 Wide
Jun 22, 1999
New Line Home Entertainment
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Rabe has streamlined the dialogue, sacrificing a lot of funny throwaway lines without lessening the script's burden on our patience.
This black alleged comedy wouldn't be funny at all if it weren't for Kevin Spacey's droll wit and silly bleach do. Sean Penn's self-indulgent performance and the unfocused script make sitting through Hurlyburly a chore.
What may have worked on Broadway comes across on screen as pretentious and dull. ...neither funny nor revealing, just stuffy and longwinded.
When the madness is all taking place in one room, as it does in the play, intensity is generated. When it's spread out across a variety of locations, the power of 'Hurlyburly' is quickly diluted...
The trailer defines the term as 'tumultuous commotion, uproar,' and it could not more aptly describe this high-strung but virtually plotless film.
Instead of unproductively pilloring the movie industry, Drazan and Rabe locate Hollywood as the site through which society can treat its conflicts and ideals
It's amazing what you'll find if you're willing to look below the surface.
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