MacArthur Park (2001)
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*** (out of four)
An involving directorial turn from actor Billy Wirth ("The Lost Boys"). The film follows the many drug addicts, pushers, and homeless people who call the Los Angeles park home.
The story is moving and insightful.
MacArthur Park is a stunning and horrifyingly real look at individual's lost in their own drug-scoring world. The film is not for the faint at heart and is really very violent when considering the film is made to portray real life homeless drug addiction.
Most of the character's display enough amusing human emotions and relationships so the film isn;t a complete downer.
The dialogue has plenty of "well, once I get out of here" thoughts and you definately feel that is the true addict mentality.
Overall, very good movie without any frills that makes you cringe that there are so many lives lost in this manner.
[list][*]Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Main character Cody, I think is his name) gives a good portrayal of a trumpet player turned crack addict who lives in the park.[*]The movie shows the chaos of events and the lives of the inhabitants of the park in a realistic but not condescending way.[*]Byrd's character has to decide between the "going nowhere-forget about your family" path or the tough "realize that life and family are more important" path.[*]DON'T DO DRUGS! (... The More You Know...)[*]Somewhat entertaining.[*][b]Recommendation[/b]: Rent if you don't mind movies about drugs and violence.[*][b]Grade[/b]: B[/list]
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