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Southland Tales (2007)



Critic Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.

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The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.more
Rating: R (for language, violence, sexual material and some drug content)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Kelly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2008
Box Office: $0.2M
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Seann William Scott
as Roland Taverner/Rona...
Sarah Michelle Gella...
as Krysta Kapowski/Krys...
Curtis Armstrong
as Dr. Soberin Exx
Joe Campana
as Brandt Huntington
Nora Dunn
as Cyndi Pinziki
Michele Durrett
as Starla Von Luft
Beth Grant
as Dr. Inga Von Westpha...
Wood Harris
as Dion Warner/Dion Ele...
John Larroquette
as Vaughn Smallhouse
Ling Bai
as Serpentine
Holmes Osborne
as Sen. Bobby Frost
Cheri Oteri
as Zora Charmichaels
Jill Ritchie
as Shoshana Kapowski/Sh...
Zelda Rubinstein
as Dr. Katarina Kuntzle...
Lou Taylor Pucci
as Martin Kefauver
Wallace Shawn
as Baron Von Westphalen
Will Sasso
as Fortunio Balducci
Jon Lovitz
as Bart Bookman
Mandy Moore
as Madeline Frost Santa...
Amy Poehler
as Veronica Mung/Dream
Miranda Richardson
as Nana Mae Frost
Sab Shimono
as Hideo Takehashi
Kevin Smith
as Simon Theory
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Teri Riley
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Critic Reviews for Southland Tales

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (27)

As in Kelly's previous film, Southland's flaws, and its scope, are magnificently earnest; the guy is in way over his head, but his flailing is extravagant.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
Stop Smiling

As the follow-up to his debut feature, the unexpectedly enduring teen-movie/sci-fi hybrid Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly has crafted an even more ambitious and far-reaching story

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Writer-director Richard Kelly throws a lot at the wall. The problem, if that's what we should call it, is that everything sticks. That's bad news for those who like some narrative clarity, and great news for those who enjoy bonkers wall art.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013

Unusual and extremely ambitious with an alternate reality that is entirely absorbing; Southland Tales is Richard Kelly's magnum opus that only a small few are able to recognize. Thankfully, those small few are pimps. And pimps don't commit suicide.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013

Not much improvement over the vfirst, severely flawed version.

Full Review… | July 23, 2011

Dude, I have no idea.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Southland Tales

This movie tried to say so much and i think in the end it brought the whole movie to a crashing halt. Good idea by a young director with a good future.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A film that leaves you in awe. In awe of the amount of wasted talent combined in this pretentious, confusing and unfunny dystopian tale. Director Kelly delivered a surprise cult hit with Donny Darko and revisits the themes of time travel and the end of the world here. He packs it into an overly long story with political satire, too many unlikable characters and a plot that's almost impossible to follow. It's trying to be smart, funny and David Lynch-esque but isn't really any of that. During the last half an hour things are slowly starting to make a little more sense but the finale, overblown with Christian symbolism, makes it hard to care after the horrible first half of the movie. Unbelievable, how many great names signed up to be part of this terrible attempt in creating art. Kelly still knows how to use songs and to film musical numbers but as for the rest is concerned, one has to wonder what the hell he was thinking. Watch at your own risk.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A strange film set in the future with a confusing plot with deals with alternative energy, politics, world war 3 and the 4th dimension!! A bit long it has some good moments but a few lows as well. Overall just a bit odd.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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