Hurlyburly

BB

(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, couldn’t be more energetic, but even his fierce commitment can’t make the character more likable.   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 comes off much better as Penn’s love interest.


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USA, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by Anthony Drazan, ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Venice 1998


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Venice Film Festival Award
Best Actor (Sean Penn)

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Male Lead (Sean Penn)


Hurlyburly

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