The Low Life (1996)




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In this drama set in Los Angeles, a group of Yale graduates spend their days as mindless workers at a mundane job and their nights as mooching barflies who enjoy cutting down other patrons with their smart-mouth comments. The main character John loses his roommate and must move into the filthy apartment of Andy, a strange sort who collects and paints Nazi soldier figurines. John later gets a temporary job with a conniving slum lord. Following a failed romance, John suffers a "controlled mental breakdown."
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Sean Astin
as Andy
Sara Melson
as Suzie
James LeGros
as Mike Jr.
J.T. Walsh
as Mike Sr.
Shawnee Smith
as `Little Tramp' Woman
Jefferson Mays
as Hollywood Mogul
Brent J. Williams
as Uncle Darr
Angel Aviles
as Latina Girlfriend
Mark Blum
as Matthew Greenberg
Channon Roe
as Craig
Michael Massee
as Bartender
Matthew Warren
as Hat Guy
Otto Coelho
as Chuck
Timothy Gallaher
as Performance Artist/UFO
Jan Boyer
as Waitress
Donald Zuckerman
as Married Attorney
Jon Beatty
as Office Supervisor
F. Joseph Schulte
as Temp Office Manager
Marianne Meullerleile
as Temp Dispatcher
Rommel Hyacinth
as Haitan Man
Kristina Loggia
as Andy's Sister
Bernie Lane
as Andy's Father
Mark Moran
as Jorge
Harold Jose Martinez
as Julio's Friend
Esther Scott
as Mrs. Raymond
James Katsuki Taenaka
as Wineshop Clerk
Michael Beugg
as Police Officer
James Blevins
as Police Officer
Tobin Heminway
as Police Officer
Mark Anthony Little
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Low Life

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | August 22, 2011
Top Critic

A modest but deeply felt film with a solid ensemble cast.

Full Review… | April 9, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie belongs to Astin, who brings to the role of Andrew the same intense burning-eyed sincerity with which he imbued the title role of a football-obsessed Notre Dame student in Rudy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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July 4, 2005

Sean Astin's superbly moving performance nearly saves this flick.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Preternaturally sleazy but strangely watchable.

August 2, 2002
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for The Low Life

Well I can see why no one else has seen this. Kyra Sedgwick is as bafflingly obnoxious as always. Something about that woman just annoys the fuck out of me regardless of what she plays or how she plays it. It just dawned on me: She's the female version of Nicolas Cage, who I also loathe for reasons I'm still incapable of explaining. It all suddenly makes sense!

Jamie B
Jamie B

This is one of the worst movies i have seen to date, the best part was Christian J. Meoli ... Leonard attempting to act jumping up and down outside the bar, kind-of like i wanted to do on the DVD, to spare the rest of humanity the agony of watching this shitty film. It has a great cast so you keep watching waiting for it to get good, i mean with Sean Astin ... Andrew (played his part perfectly, did a great job, too bad it was in this film), Kyra Sedgwick ... Bevan, Ron Livingston ... Chad, Renée Zellweger ... Poet (they put her name on the cover she has a total of 1 line and less then 4 seconds in the whole movie... If the cast had any dignity, they would go out and buy all the copies of this film and burn them along with Writer / Director George Hickenlooper and Writer John Enbom

mark stern
mark stern

low life was interested to see cuz i like off-beat movies. this was depressing and frustrating, however the acting was good

maggie farag
maggie farag

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