Southland Tales


Southland Tales

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



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Average Rating: 2.8/5

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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.

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Seann William Scott
as Roland Taverner/Ronald Taverner
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
Curtis Armstrong
as Dr. Soberin Exx
Dwayne Johnson
as Boxer Santaros
Joe Campana
as Brandt Huntington
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
Bai Ling
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
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 (98) | Top Critics (30)

  • Frustrating and finally rather pointless.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Top Critic
  • The film has a dated feel - it has more in common with 1960s-style wacky satire than the cutting edge of 21st-century cinema.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • There's too much sizzle and not enough steak.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.

    Nov 19, 2007
  • 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.

    Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Southland Tales

It feels like a bizarre mix of Blade Runner and Twin Peaks written by Bret Easton Ellis and adapted by Uwe Boll - ridiculous, pretentious, incomprehensible and full of tiring exposition from beginning to end about a universe that couldn't be more uninteresting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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


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

This movie tried to say so much and i think in the end it brought the whole movie to a crashing halt. Good idea by a young director with a good future.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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