Somebody to Love (1996)





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Hollywood wannabes struggle to succeed while striving for relationships that are doomed to fail in this gloomy comedy-drama from writer-director Alexandre Rockwell. Rosie Perez stars as Mercedes, a transplanted New Yorker now living in East L.A. and taxi dancing at a seedy Hollywood strip joint. Mercedes has dreams of achieving stardom as an actress, but her lack of talent means that her goal will probably always elude her. Her travels take her into contact with several eccentric characters including a sage transvestite (Steve Buscemi), a showbiz insider (Sam Fuller), a savvy bartender (Quentin Tarantino), and her useless agent George (Stanley Tucci). Although he won't leave his wife, Mercedes worships her boyfriend Harry Harrelson (Harvey Keitel), once a prominent actor on a TV western whose glory days are long past. In the meantime, Ernesto (Michael DeLorenzo), a faithful customer and gravedigger, falls helplessly in love with Mercedes, but his passion is unrequited, even though he tattoos Mercedes' name across his chest. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Cabin Fever Entertainment


Rosie Perez
as Mercedes
Harvey Keitel
as Harry Harrelson
Anthony Quinn
as Emilio
Steve Buscemi
as Mickey
Samuel Fuller
as Sam Silverman
Stanley Tucci
as George
Gerardo Mejía
as Armando
as Armando
Paul Herman
as Pinky
Mickey Cottrell
as Little Mort
Edward Lynch
as Drexel
Lelia Goldoni
as Venice Waitress
Sully Boyar
as Porno Theater Owner
Kerol Rae
as Little Mort's Girlfriend
as Taxi Dancer
Elizabeth Bracco
as Taxi Dancer
Angel Aviles
as Taxi Dancer
Lorelei Leslie
as Taxi Dancer
Quentin Tarantino
as Bartender
Tony Marsico
as Band Member
Adalberto Hernandez
as Dancing Man
Julie Shannon
as Taxi Dancer
Sam Rockwell
as Polish Guy
Vic Argo
as Santa Claus
Victor Argo
as Santa Claus
Anthony Powers
as Casting Director
Jim Palmer
as Drunk Guy
Red Horton
as Drunk Guy
Santos Morales
as Emilio's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Somebody to Love

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The writing is quirky and amused with itself, and Perez throws herself into this role as if the world depended on it.

Full Review… | May 28, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
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June 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for Somebody to Love


Amused with itself, somebody said, and I have to agree. Pretty lame film with forced quirky characters. Plenty of cameos and stars helping to sell tickets to this film. A failure, and something I wouldn't want my name on.

M Sarki
M Sarki

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