Kathy is married to Peter. Now she can't help but wonder how things could have been if she got together with her old boyfriend, Tom. Being married prevents from doing that so she asks her ... See full summary »
Harley Jane Kozak,
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »
Rich playboy Charley Pearl meets Vicki Anderson, singer at a nightclub in Las Vegas. But she's a gangster's-moll, Bugsy Siegel's, and when he finds the two of them in bed, he forces them to... See full summary »
If they missed Beatles' first appearance in the U.S.A. they would hate themselves for the rest of their lives! So they (six young girls from New Jersey) set off even though they don't have ... See full summary »
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex ... and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
Christopher is an ambitious college freshman, striving to become a writer. Through a computer fault he's assigned the same room as Alex, a real party freak and... a girl! He's annoyed and ... See full summary »
A few weeks into filming, Tom DiCillo fired the original director of photography after finding all of the footage shot to be worthless. When confronted with this, DiCillo claims the DP confessed to deliberately sabotaging the film due to jealosy. See more »
An unparallelled low-level masterpiece of pure uncompromising weirdness
This is the quintessential weird movie. It would be impossible to duplicate much like David Lynch's "Eraserhead". It has that unmistakable though implacable feeling of something truly original that works based on a logic that is somehow familiar and yet presented in the film as though it is completely unique. Johnny Suede is a perfectly unique individual who none-the-less is still like everyone of us and maybe because of this is all the more fascinating for the idiosyncracies that define him. He is played to utter perfection by Brad Pitt, and personally I think it is Brad Pitt's finest role. I am sad that Mr. Pitt has gone on to bigger though not necessarily better things because I think his acting capabilities would be more evident and impressive in more quirky self-aware films that are tailor-made for character actors. Regardless it is not only Brad Pitt's acting but all the supporting actors including Nick Cave and Catherine Keener who make this movie astounding. On the surface "Johnny Suede" sounds like a rather simple character study. Johnny Suede is a musician, living in poverty, while feverishly dreaming and working on starting a band that would be reminiscent of all the great guitar pop bands of the 1950's. While working away at surviving and composing he dabbles in the dubious challenge of finding true love and while coming to the rescue one day of a woman who is being raped in an alleyway is almost brained by a box of suede shoes that land on the telephone booth he is standing in while calling the police. Thus, the story commences, the shoes, seemingly a heaven sent present for taking a moral stance in a world seemingly without any, and Johnny Suede, his image complete, embarks on an adventure that will blow his mind, his world and his way of life forever. Did I say the story was simple? Now that I think about it...What the hell was I thinking?! Its anything but! But that's what makes Johnny Suede so cool and fun to watch. Even though I never knew exactly what was going to happen in the movie and where it was going every moment while I was watching it was understandable and easy to relate to even as the distracting superficial weirdness of it all augmented the seriousness of its themes and meanings. "Johnny Suede" is a deep, complex and sometimes dark movie but it is presented in such fun, unusual way that the realities of what's happening on screen never succeed in disarming the wondrous weirdness of the world around the characters which despite their seeming indifference of and even participation in saves the characters from ever falling into an ever spiraling pit banality and hopelessness. Anything and everything is always possible in the world of Johnny Suede and it is the characters ability to always marvel at it even as it misleads them into harmful circumstances that allow the characters to continue to thrive and evolve. As Johnny Suede says in defense of his retro-styled musical taste, "Now is a fly's fart in the wind" but even outdated music was once the key notes that defined the attitudes, looks and styles of its age. In Johnny Suede this moment of "the now" always exists, never getting old, and he may be more right than he or any of the other characters know. In the end Johnny Suede is a celebration of innocence and its own odd self-aware inability to fit in with itself as time immortalizes it just for that and that alone.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?