My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

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

Independent Spirit Awards 1998.

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