Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1998. Rysher Entertainment. Screenplay by Don Roos. Cinematography by Hubert Taczanowski. Produced by Michael Besman, David Paul Kirkpatrick. Music by Mason Daring. Production Design by Michael Paul Clausen. Costume Design by Peter Mitchell. Film Editing by David Codron. Golden Globe Awards 1998. Independent Spirit Awards 1998. National Board of Review Awards 1998. New York Film Critics Awards 1998. Online Film Critics Awards 1998.
Don Roos’ excellent directorial debut, a healthy mix of searing comedy, strong drama and even some genuinely touching moments. Christina Ricci rips into her role of DeeDee, a Lolita-like teenager hell-bent on causing a lot of trouble when she steals her half brother Bill’s boyfriend Matt (Ivan Sergei) and runs away with him. Bill (Martin Donovan) teams up with bitter ex-sister-in-law Lucia (pronounced LUsha, played with marked brilliance by Lisa Kudrow) to track DeeDee and Matt across the country, doing their best not to get themselves thrown into jail too fast. The story moves at a rapid-fire pace and is always entertaining, with Kudrow and Ricci constantly fighting it out for who gets the best lines.