Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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| Fresh (3)
| Rotten (17)
| DVD (3)
Their lives eventually intersect, but in more or less arbitrary ways.
Slow ride to nowhere.
Oddly, halfway through when Freeland strains our credulity even further, the film finally feels fresh
A low-rent answer to Robert Altmanâ(TM)s Short Cuts.
It's a production in search of a movie.
If we're meant to take these threads as a tapestry of L.A., then Freeland clearly needs to stop watching Robert Altman DVDs and go outside to see what the real world is actually like.
Freeland's film offers a poor man's Los Angeles opus.
This ensemble piece works if you know Los Angeles. After all, it's very possible for a homeless kid, pot-smoking Realtor, young model and a number of perverts to cross paths in that town.
Sophomore writer/director Freeland doesn't quite feel like the host of this particular "garden party," but rather like the party's Sabrina, secretly spying from the sidelines.
A bit like Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), taking a look at a cross-section of Los Angeles characters, though it runs less than half the length and, conversely, half the depth.
The characters aren't interesting, and the stories toggle between tawdry and ridiculous.
The result is a movie impossible to pigeonhole and one even more difficult to describe, and to say there hasn't been anything else quite like it this year certainly wouldn't be a lie.
Garden Party has the feel of a made-for-TV look at life in Los Angeles. The actors and actresses that we've grown accustomed to seeing in the passenger seat are given semi-leading roles. Vinessa Shaw is sexy and sultry, allowing for the possibly the only stand out performance of the film, though Willa Holland of The O.C. fame stands her ground comfortably.
Two stars is still being gracious. Weed, porn, underage drinking, porn, weed, kinky pictures and weed.
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