Randy Quaid as the taxi driver drives Zen parables (Is time money - Is time the root of all evil?) into his passenger/protegee in a high-speed, idiosyncratic tour of their city's ethnic ...
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Randy Quaid as the taxi driver drives Zen parables (Is time money - Is time the root of all evil?) into his passenger/protegee in a high-speed, idiosyncratic tour of their city's ethnic coteries. All the boy wants is to dispose of his date's dead dog Jasper and get back to the babe who's so hot she mutters darkly about being a Pressure Cooker: his conventional efforts are continually thwarted. Quaid is respected by the peculiar groups he interests in the dog's corpse and effects, and our one-gloved heroine is much keener on him than on her rather lackluster date. Written by
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The epitome of an indie film (without the Indie conceit)
Cold Dog Soup is the epitome of an indie film: adventurous, low (low!) budget, and well-acted. At least, it was the epitome in 1990, before indie became "Indie" and conceited self-congratulatory productions became the norm. The crucial element to the films success is the acting of its principals and supporters; Frank Whalley and Randy Quaid play off each other magnificently, and the various savoury and unsavoury characters who make an appearance offer multi-toned performances with very little screen time to spare. Bottom line: this movie will be enjoyed by those who love great dialogue, great acting, and a twisted sense of humour.
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