Hurlyburly (1998)

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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.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Rabe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
Runtime:
New Line Home Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for Hurlyburly

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

Hurlyburly earns its keep, in the end, with writerly flash and dramatic virtuosity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
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Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

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.

August 11, 2003
AboutFilm.com

Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Hurlyburly

A great movie with incredible characterization.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Self-indulgent b.s. Spacey proves he can talk a million-miles-a-minute about a whole lot of nothing.

streamofconsciousness
Laura Cameron

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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.

michaelcorleone
Mike T.

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