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Critic Reviews for Spun
It never quite convinces you this is anything but a fashion shoot.
Ultimately, Spun has no more substance than American Pie II.
This drug drama has enough drugs to stock a hospital but precious little in the way of drama.
A gleefully repulsive movie.
A loud, disorderly descent into narcissism, a movie so in love with itself that its gaze rarely leaves the mirror.
Audience Reviews for Spun
I don't ever get the story about drug movie, but I like the visualization when someone hit the drugs.
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.
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.
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