(out of 5)
Flat, overly talky film version of David Rabe’s eighties play is just not dynamic enough for the screen despite a boisterous cast. Hollywood hotshot casting agents and producers hang around a California house abusing substances, playing with call girls and (what else) philosophizing endlessly (or should I say listlessly) about life itself. In the main role, Sean Penn couldn’t be more energetic, but even his fierce commitment can’t make the character more likable. Meg Ryan successfully plays against type as a morally bankrupt prostitute, but in her eagerness to play someone so unlike her accustomed screen persona (in this case a woman who is described as having performed oral sex in the backseat of a car while her toddler was in front) she didn’t choose one with much depth. The lovely Robin Wright comes off much better as Penn’s love interest.
Directed by Anthony Drazan
Screenplay by David Rabe, based on his play
Cinematography by Changwei Gu
Production Design by Michael D. Haller
Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan
Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor