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It's tempting to look at Catch Hell, Ryan Phillippe's directing debut, as something of an incantation. Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce (note the initials), an on-his-way-down actor spinning his wheels in a Louisiana indie while looking for a role to change his luck. One morning he's kidnapped by locals — an aggrieved husband and his swamp-rat nephew — who chain him up in a bayou shack in order to torture him, and, improbably, hack into his social media. After a beatdown with a "gator thumper" — a nasty, heavy club that crushes Pearce's hands (leaving his face largely unscathed) — Mike (Ian Barford) attempts to destroy his victim's rep by uploading naked photos and anti-Semitic rants to Pearce's Twitter account. Barford's performance is larg »
Catch Hell is an extremely personal dissection of celebrity culture straight from the mind of Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Phillippe, addressing the actor’s fall from mainstream grace. Phillippe comments on the seedy nature of celebutante social media usage, entitled actor egos and obsessed fandoms, but even amidst the gator-wrasslin’ and hostage beatings, Catch Hell becomes a smidge self-indulgent. Between a yokel’s fatal attraction and Phillippe’s almost martyr-like mentality, sympathy is the last emotion conjured by Ryan’s character Reagan Pearce (R.P. – clever). Yes, we’re supposed to care for the tormented actor who still lives a life of luxury despite his dimming spotlight, because everyone loves a Southern-fried redemption story that takes place in a Louisiana swamp, right?
Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce, a struggling actor desperate to regain his superstar status. In order to do so, Pearce must take a few roles that don’t scream blockbuster potential, »
- Matt Donato
“You Can’t Take It With You” (Opens Sept. 28)James Earl Jones leads a starry cast (including Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, and Mark Linn-Baker) in this revival of the classic American comedy about the hilarious clash between an eccentric family and an extremely conservative one. “The Country House” (Opens Oct. 2)Starring Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, and Kate Jennings Grant, this Chekhovian Donald Margulies play about what happens when artists encounter love and passion while visiting a Berkshires summerhouse will be directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Opens Oct. 5)Based on the novel of the same title, this British import follows the exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old Christopher on his hunt to identify the true killer of his neighbor’s dog after he’s accused of the deed. The show stars Alexander Sharp, Taylor Trensch, Ian Barford, and others. “It’s Only a Play” (Opens Oct. »
3 items from 2014
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