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Joel Miller
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Max Sherman
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Barbara
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Sheryl
Marc Poppel ...
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Libby Boone ...
Delores
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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Sharon Stone was considered for the role of Linda Brown. See more »

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When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »

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Linda: [at dinner with Ned] I'm a little too old to be a PROFESSIONAL ballerina.
Lenny: Now, I bet you never heard a beautiful girl admit to THAT.
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Cautionary melodrama told without insight or flair...
10 December 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Muddled, episodic rendering of Benjamin Stein's book "Ludes" stars James Woods as a tax shelters salesman from New York City who is brought to Hollywood along with wife Sean Young by a wealthy business contact; soon, the couple are spending lavishly and doing coke-lines on the coffee table. Cheap-looking, poorly-edited film rests almost entirely on Woods' performance to carry it...but he fails to give his hyperactive nebbish-turned-jet-setter the proper nuances (to say the least). Supporting cast (including Amanda Blake, Grace Zabriskie, and Steven Hill in a lovely turn as James' sympathetic boss and benefactor) easily out-acts the mannered leads. *1/2 from ****


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