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In this fact-based film, John Holmes (Val Kilmer) is one of the most successful porn stars of all time. But, when his rampant drug abuse forces him into prostitution, both his disapproving wife, Sharon (Lisa Kudrow), and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Dawn (Kate Bosworth), are on the verge of leaving him. As John sinks lower and lower into Hollywood, Calif.'s criminal underworld, he meets a seedy drug lord (Eric Bogosian) and finds himself caught up in a tragic chain of events.

Cast & Crew

Val Kilmer
John Holmes
Kate Bosworth
Dawn Schiller
Lisa Kudrow
Sharon Holmes
Josh Lucas
Ron Launius
Tim Blake Nelson
Billy Deverell
Carrie Fisher
Sally Hansen
Franky G.
Louis Cruz
James Cox
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Tom Ortenberg
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Marc Butan
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Peter Block
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Michael Burns
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Julie Yorn
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Randall Emmett
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George Furla
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Critic Reviews for Wonderland

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  • Jun 10, 2012
    The movie is almost as messy as the murders it is about. The script is terrible, especially any lines that are given to the female characters, it is just so awfully written. Lisa Kurow plays her character really well, but no matter how good she is it can not save sincere dialogue such as "remember that time I caught you measuring yourself in the bathroom, what did I tell you!?" and I think Kate Bosworth's character says baby about 30 times in the first 10 minutes. The central performance by Val Kilmer is also flawed, he ain't no Dirk Diggler, he doesn't have the charisma to keep up with the role; but that said, he hasn't much to work with because the script is so bad. On a good note, the narrative, jumpy style is done well, keeping it lively and cocaine fuled til the end, but this itself I found a problem, because the premise is fascinating and by rushing it, you have no sense of proper investigation of the mystery.
    Hassan V Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2012
    val kilmer makes for an interesting john holmes but he seems to be acting a lot like jim morrison again. very graphic and heavy handed but the journey and multi view points help to shape what is still to this day a mystery.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2011
    Wonderland in my opinion is fairly underrated. Based on the true story of John Holmes, a famed porn star. This film is about the Wonderland murders and John Holmes' involvement. I really don't understand why this film has gotten so much flack. I thought it was a very good film with a good cast. I'm not normally one to care for Val Kilmer, but at times he can deliver a good performance. Wonderland in my opinion is his best performance since 1995's Heat. In Wonderland, director James Cox crafts a very good dramatic thriller. The films plot is engaging and the performances of the cast are very good. Wonderland is an engaging drama film and there's plenty to enjoy from such a film. Wonderland is for me, an intense film that shows the downfall of one of the most famed porn actors at the height of his lowest point. This film is very interesting, entertaining and well put together. Director James Cox has made a good drama film. I very much enjoyed the film for what it was, and I think it's much underrated. Sure, the film isn't as strong as Boogie Nights, but it's worth watching nonetheless. If you enjoy a good real life inspired drama film, Wonderland is the film you should see. This film is much better than what most critics have said about the film. Wonderland has its faults, but for the most part, it succeeds at being a very entertaining drama with a good cast to boot. Along with a good story, what's not to like?
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Despite some rough editing (which can make the film a bit incomprehensible at times), Wonderland is a riveting look at the sleazy LA drug underworld. There are so many temptations that famed people endure that it eventually gets to them and their lives just spiral out of control, straight downwards, and Wonderland captures it very realistically. At times, it can even get a little scary. I often found myself lingering on the very edge of my seat. Besides a great story, Wonderland is riddled with good performances from an ensemble cast and good-enough direction from James Cox to make it an entertaining and interesting watch.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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