A Slipping-Down Life (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lili Talyor is the best thing in this uninvolving and unconvincing drama.

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In this film, Evie is a loner. One night she hears a musician named Drumstrings Casey on the radio, and Evie is immediately infatuated by him. When Evie carves Casey's name on her forehead with broken glass, the resulting media attention gets her an introduction to Drumstrings Casey himself.
R (for language including sexual references)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Lili Taylor
as Evie Decker
Guy Pearce
as Bertram `Drumstrings' Casey
Irma P. Hall
as Clotelia
John Hawkes
as David Elliot
Veronica Cartwright
as Mrs. Casey
Marshall Bell
as Mr. Casey
Shawnee Smith
as Faye-Jean Lindsay
Sara Rue
as Violet
Bruno Kirby
as Kiddie Acres Manager
Tom Bower
as Mr. Decker
Jo Ann Farabee
as Woman at Salon
Harv Morgan
as Dick St. Clair
Jason Russell Walker
as Audience Member No.1
Lew Temple
as Audience Member No.2
Jason Kavalewitz
as Young Sexband
Jeff McMillioan
as Young Sexband
Brian Stack
as Young Sexband
Ken Stack
as Young Sexband
Billy Harvey
as Sloppy Eddie
Mike Hynes
as Crotch Cricket
Michael Ramos
as Crotch Crickett
Eric Tatuaka
as Crotch Cricket
Jamie Dickerson
as Redhead Girl
Tony Frank
as Zack
Clea DuVall
as Nurse
Keith McDermott
as Paul Ogle
Topher Glenn
as Drum's Brother
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Critic Reviews for A Slipping-Down Life

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (27)

It's interesting, not fascinating, intriguing, not electrifying. But for those in the mood for an offbeat pleasure, A Slipping Down Life may well satisfy.

June 4, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Never cuts much deeper than its subject.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Weaves a fragile --- and often funny --- spell.

June 3, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A perplexing, dark and brooding exercise.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Independent films like to equate smallness with authenticity, but sometimes, unfortunately, they're just small.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What at first seems like observed, exaggerated truth soon reveals itself as a series of writerly conceits being followed doggedly to some logical conclusion.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Slipping-Down Life


What at first seems like observed, exaggerated truth soon reveals itself as a series of writerly conceits being followed doggedly to some logical conclusion.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce are great here. An interesting movie.


Don't ask me why but I love this little movie about small-town loneliness and the boring routine of despair. Some evenings I am just not able to take any more Hollywood BS. That's when a little treasure like this serves up characters whose integrity resonates with people I know, and puts them into situations similar to ones I've lived through â?? and want just a taste of so I'll appreciate what I've got now.

John Techwriter
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