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The Low Life (1996)

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In this drama set in Los Angeles, a group of Yale graduates spend their days as mindless workers at a mundane job and their nights as mooching barflies who enjoy cutting down other patrons with their smart-mouth comments. The main character John loses his roommate and must move into the filthy apartment of Andy, a strange sort who collects and paints Nazi soldier figurines. John later gets a temporary job with a conniving slum lord. Following a failed romance, John suffers a "controlled mental breakdown."

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Cast

James LeGros
as Mike Jr.
J.T. Walsh
as Mike Sr.
Shawnee Smith
as `Little Tramp' Woman
Jefferson Mays
as Hollywood Mogul
Angel Aviles
as Latina Girlfriend
Mark Blum
as Matthew Greenberg
Michael Massee
as Bartender
Timothy Gallaher
as Performance Artist/UFO
Jan Boyer
as Waitress
Donald Zuckerman
as Married Attorney
Jon Beatty
as Office Supervisor
F. Joseph Schulte
as Temp Office Manager
Marianne Meullerleile
as Temp Dispatcher
Rommel Hyacinth
as Haitan Man
Kristina Loggia
as Andy's Sister
Bernie Lane
as Andy's Father
Harold Jose Martinez
as Julio's Friend
Esther Scott
as Mrs. Raymond
James Katsuki Taenaka
as Wineshop Clerk
Michael Beugg
as Police Officer
James Blevins
as Police Officer
Tobin Heminway
as Police Officer
Mark Anthony Little
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Low Life

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A modest but deeply felt film with a solid ensemble cast.

April 9, 2002 | Full Review…

The movie belongs to Astin, who brings to the role of Andrew the same intense burning-eyed sincerity with which he imbued the title role of a football-obsessed Notre Dame student in Rudy.

April 9, 2002 | Full Review…

Sean Astin's superbly moving performance nearly saves this flick.

February 10, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Preternaturally sleazy but strangely watchable.

August 3, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Cochrane, Sedgwick and the always-cast- for-dopey LeGros are fine, but it's Astin that again shines, and it's primarily his performance that makes The Low Life an engaging sit.

June 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Hickenlooper shows these lonely, mediocre people for what they are but without ever condescending to them or nudging us to feel superior to them.

April 9, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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