This comedy-drama focuses on a trio of guys who work in the film industry and share a Hollywood Hills house. The three are casting agents Eddie and Mickey, plus unemployed actor Phil. Exotic dancer Bonnie arrives to give Phil some sexual jolts, while Darlene bed-hops from Mickey to drug-wired Eddie.
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Critic Reviews for Hurlyburly
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.
Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness.
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.
This glib talk-fest is based on David Rabe's 1984 misanthropic play about friends caught in the web of Hollywood hype.
Hurlyburly earns its keep, in the end, with writerly flash and dramatic virtuosity.
Audience Reviews for Hurlyburly
Self-indulgent b.s. Spacey proves he can talk a million-miles-a-minute about a whole lot of nothing.More
I've read a lot of feedback to this film, which is by and large rather negative. I've noticed that people who dislike the characters occupying Hurlyburly often criticize the film itself as a result. We are not intended to embrace the lifestyles of these characters. This is a picture that encompasses a sub-culture and the neuroses of certain types of people. It is an intelligent, articulate piece with a venomous sense of cynicism and blunt sensibility. The men focused on are self-obsessed chauvinists, but they are not reduced to amplification of their flaws. Their pain and dilemmas are familiar, and they serve towards an unnerving portrait of emptiness. I loved this movie because I love great acting. Watching what some of these actors do with the script is so exciting and astonishing, particularly the brilliant Sean Penn. The writing and performances are phenomenal, but this is a movie that probably only appeals to people who like stage-oriented pieces.More
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