Spun (2003)

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Critic Consensus: A chaotic drug movie that has little substance behind the stylistic flash.

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An energetic cast and hyperkinetic direction from music-video wiz Jonas Akerlund drive this black comedy about the world of methamphetamine addicts and dealers. Jason Schwartzman stars as a dropout hired to work for a speed merchant (Mickey Rourke). Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan composed the music and has a cameo as the Doctor. Mena Suvari, John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

John Leguizamo
as Spider Mike
Patrick Fugit
as Frisbee
Mena Suvari
as Cookie
Mickey Rourke
as The Cook
Peter Stormare
as Cop No. 1
Alexis Arquette
as Cop No. 2
Deborah Harry
as The Neighbor
Eric Roberts
as The Man
Julie Mendoza
as LA Sad Girl
Josh Peck
as Fat Boy
Larry Drake
as Dr. K
Ron Jeremy
as Bartender
Toni Kaye
as Emcee
Billy Corgan
as The Doctor
Rob Halford
as Porn Shop Clerk
Lisa Brounstein
as Frisbee's Mother
China Chow
as Escort
Jorge Cottini
as Doorman
Marji Martin
as Truck Stop Clerk
Annie O'Donnell
as Vet Receptionist
Julia Mendoza
as L. A. Sad Girl
Tony Kaye
as Emcee
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Critic Reviews for Spun

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (26)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It never quite convinces you this is anything but a fashion shoot.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A placebo of a film.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Ultimately, Spun has no more substance than American Pie II.

April 25, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

This drug drama has enough drugs to stock a hospital but precious little in the way of drama.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A gleefully repulsive movie.

April 18, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spun

½

I don't ever get the story about drug movie, but I like the visualization when someone hit the drugs.

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

Super Reviewer

Various meth addicts do various cruel shit. This film is full of stylistic gimmicks: every time a character takes a hit of meth, there is a frenetic special effect, and it is edited so that there rarely is a shot that lasts over three seconds. I'm sure that this might be what it's like to be on meth, but ultimately these gimmicks don't make a film. When I wrote my first sentence, a story synopsis, I didn't know what to write because there isn't a fluid narrative. Additionally, there is not a signal likable character in the film; Jason Schwartzman's character could pass for a hero, but early in the film he handcuffs his naked girlfriend to a bed and blinds and gags her with duct tape - not exactly Atticus Finch. You might say that as a drug film, there shouldn't be any likable characters, but they should at least be interesting or trying to be likable. I think Trainspotting is a good film for comparison. The film basically opens with Renton trying to quit heroin. Of course, he doesn't, but it immediately begins with an admirable goal, one with which we can sympathize. There isn't even the prospect of quitting; even the cops pursuing the addicts are on meth. Overall, the gimmicks that fill this film can do nothing to counter its many glaring flaws.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

What a ride, and I finally got around to watching it. Filled with interesting, complex and totally strung out characters...just going on with their everyday lives. Pretty intriguing flick.

Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Bannan instant enigma- just add water

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