Spun (2003)



Critic Consensus: A chaotic drug movie that has little substance behind the stylistic flash.

Movie Info

A crystal-meth addict struggles to get his next fix as he obsesses over a recent breakup in Spun, a black-comic drug drama from music video director Jonas Akerlund. Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman stars as Ross, a young man who finds his maniacal world crumbling around him over the course of one long weekend. Spun chronicles Ross' travails as he tries to score from his regular dealer, Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), who realizes during Ross' visit that he's misplaced his stash. Indisposed by the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Will De Los Santos, Creighton Vero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Spider Mike

as The Cook

as Cop No. 1

as Cop No. 2

as The Neighbor

as The Man

as L. A. Sad Girl

as LA Sad Girl

as Fat Boy

as Dr. K

as Bartender

as Emcee

as Emcee

as The Doctor

as Porn Shop Clerk

as Frisbee's Mother

as Escort

as Truck Stop Clerk

as Vet Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Spun

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28)

It never quite convinces you this is anything but a fashion shoot.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A placebo of a film.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The mix of a fast pace, animated moments, and the always nuts Rourke makes for an entertaining flick

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Mesmo com seu ótimo elenco, esta cópia sem personalidade de Vamos Nessa! e Réquiem para um Sonho é o exemplo perfeito da expressão 'muito estilo para pouco conteúdo'.

May 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Une bien mauvaise caricature.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005

Madly arranged in one ambivalent, entirely creative work that attempts not only to convey a feeling, but a sense of experience

Full Review… | March 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Spun


I don't ever get the story about drug movie, but I like the visualization when someone hit the drugs.

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

Super Reviewer

Various meth addicts do various cruel shit.
This film is full of stylistic gimmicks: every time a character takes a hit of meth, there is a frenetic special effect, and it is edited so that there rarely is a shot that lasts over three seconds. I'm sure that this might be what it's like to be on meth, but ultimately these gimmicks don't make a film. When I wrote my first sentence, a story synopsis, I didn't know what to write because there isn't a fluid narrative. Additionally, there is not a signal likable character in the film; Jason Schwartzman's character could pass for a hero, but early in the film he handcuffs his naked girlfriend to a bed and blinds and gags her with duct tape - not exactly Atticus Finch. You might say that as a drug film, there shouldn't be any likable characters, but they should at least be interesting or trying to be likable. I think Trainspotting is a good film for comparison. The film basically opens with Renton trying to quit heroin. Of course, he doesn't, but it immediately begins with an admirable goal, one with which we can sympathize. There isn't even the prospect of quitting; even the cops pursuing the addicts are on meth.
Overall, the gimmicks that fill this film can do nothing to counter its many glaring flaws.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

What a ride, and I finally got around to watching it. Filled with interesting, complex and totally strung out characters...just going on with their everyday lives. Pretty intriguing flick.

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