Southland Tales (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.

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The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
Rating:
R (for language, violence, sexual material and some drug content)
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Seann William Scott
as Roland Taverner/Ronald Taverner
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
Curtis Armstrong
as Dr. Soberin Exx
Joe Campana
as Brandt Huntington
Dwayne Johnson
as Boxer Santaros
Nora Dunn
as Cyndi Pinziki
Michele Durrett
as Starla Von Luft
Beth Grant
as Dr. Inga Von Westphalen/Marion Card
Wood Harris
as Dion Warner/Dion Element
John Larroquette
as Vaughn Smallhouse
Ling Bai
as Serpentine
Holmes Osborne
as Sen. Bobby Frost
Cheri Oteri
as Zora Charmichaels
Jill Ritchie
as Shoshana Kapowski/Shoshana Cox
Zelda Rubinstein
as Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
Lou Taylor Pucci
as Martin Kefauver
Wallace Shawn
as Baron Von Westphalen
Christopher Lambert
as Walter Mung
Will Sasso
as Fortunio Balducci
Jon Lovitz
as Bart Bookman
Mandy Moore
as Madeline Frost Santaros
Amy Poehler
as Veronica Mung/Dream
Sab Shimono
as Hideo Takehashi
Miranda Richardson
as Nana Mae Frost
Kevin Smith
as Simon Theory
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Teri Riley
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Critic Reviews for Southland Tales

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (27)

By the climax, his truly ambitious, truly flawed film finally disappears into the 'time-space rift' (or whatever) to achieve some sort of cosmic transcendence.

Full Review… | December 6, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.

November 19, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

By the time the movie rolls into its third hour, it's exhausted most of its comic energy, leaving you disoriented and unable to remember much of what you just saw.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Immature, crude, poorly made and a waste of time.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with.

November 16, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

You can't be both political and incoherent.

Full Review… | November 16, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Southland Tales

½

A film that leaves you in awe. In awe of the amount of wasted talent combined in this pretentious, confusing and unfunny dystopian tale. Director Kelly delivered a surprise cult hit with Donny Darko and revisits the themes of time travel and the end of the world here. He packs it into an overly long story with political satire, too many unlikable characters and a plot that's almost impossible to follow. It's trying to be smart, funny and David Lynch-esque but isn't really any of that. During the last half an hour things are slowly starting to make a little more sense but the finale, overblown with Christian symbolism, makes it hard to care after the horrible first half of the movie. Unbelievable, how many great names signed up to be part of this terrible attempt in creating art. Kelly still knows how to use songs and to film musical numbers but as for the rest is concerned, one has to wonder what the hell he was thinking. Watch at your own risk.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

A strange film set in the future with a confusing plot with deals with alternative energy, politics, world war 3 and the 4th dimension!! A bit long it has some good moments but a few lows as well. Overall just a bit odd.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

½

Ya gotta give credit to Richard Kelly. The man definitely has some interesting, unique, and different ideas, and he's definitely got an unmatched sense of creativity and wicked sense of style. His ambition is something to be praised. He makes some interesting movies, but unfortunately, accessibility is something he doesn't excel at. Donnie Darko was a challenge, but it didn't seem so bad trying to get a handle on things. This on the other hand, is probably understandable eventually, but it's too much to want to try to give it a chance and to figure out what the fuck is going on. Now, apparently this is supposed ot be an update or take on the the Book Of Revelation, as well as being filled with a ton of other references to things as varied a the works of Philip K. Dick, Marx, and a host of others. The problem is, this film is an incoherent, rambling, pretty pretentious, mess. If there is a narrative, it's not all that apparent. The look of things is cool, and, as I said, the ideas are interesting, but yeah, nothing makes sense. Following this movie is impossibl.. I am not sure if the casting is a bad thing or a good thing. I like a good number of the people in the cast, but I'm not sure if having most of the cast being the result of stunt is such a good idea. I will admit though, it was very entertaining, and amusing even if baffling and unbelievable to have Timberlake do a song and dance number. I should give this a lower grade, but I won't. Even with all my (valid) bitching about the many issues with the writing, there's some cool stuff going on here: the aforementioned song and dance number, the car commercial with copulating cars, and the fact that Kelly makes the films he wants, even if only he truly knows what the fuck is going on. My only hope is that in the future, Kelly keeps making these bold and brain exercising films, but that he learns how to make things a little esier on the average person. It wouldn't kill him to learn how to make things more coherent and accessible without losing the trippiness of things.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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