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Alternately tedious and bombastic, the film never achieves a consistent tone, and the characters and situations, while seemingly played on a realistic level, are neither remotely credible nor satisfyingly surreal.
Snoop Dogg and Bernard Malamud don't often pop up in the same sentence, but they make an effective combination in a quiet little indie called The Tenants.
Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated.
The message about race relations in America conveyed by this choppy and psychologically cauterized screen adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1971 novel is dire.
The stage is set for a full-scale racial conflict, but neither actor is really up to the task.
There's something about the no-exit, zero-sum logic of the film's rivalry that makes this dingy, grim little indie hard to look away from.
The stripped-down production looks more like a play than a movie, but all the actors do a decent job with a script which turns increasingly preposterous at every turn.
There's little that's right about The Tenants.
...a thoroughly dated and hopelessly irrelevant piece of work...
The Tenants ranges from one-set character piece to race-centric speech-making to Cinemax style bedroom dealings... Well, at least it's not boring.
...a good try from a first-time director that never quite hits the mark.
[Snoop] and McDermot have a weird chemistry together and fascinating to watch.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Tenants", it is 1972 when Harry Lesser(Dylan McDermott) is writing his third novel in a tenement in Brooklyn where he is the sole remaining tenant, hoping to regain the form of his successful first novel, when he hears another typewriter down the hall. There, he discovers Willie Spearmint(Snoop Dogg) writing a book of his own. The two become friends and Willie asks Harry to read his manuscript and tell him what he thinks.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Tenants" nails the solitary obsessiveness of writers perfectly but in other areas the movie is less than a success, especially in missing a prime opportunity to explore race relations. Willie is by far the more interesting character, with experiences that are only hinted at, whereas Lesser is the more polished writer. In short, what could have made for an intriguing movie falls dramatically flat, and a bland Dylan McDermott does not help.[/font]
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