Floundering (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  January 1994 (USA)
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In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John (as James LeGros)
Shaka ...
Zander Schloss ...
Catatonic Man
Dolores Deluce ...
Breadstore Clerk (as Dolores Delucé)
Eddie Baytos ...
Paper Thief
Maritza Rivera ...
Yolanda García ...
Yolanda (as Yolanda Garcia)
Ángel García ...
Pepe (as Angel Garcia)
Tom Cortese ...
Drug Dealer
Therman Statom ...
Drug Buyer
Margaret McNally ...
Anna Wacks ...
Westside Kid


In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is trying to figure out what to do with his life. John can't be bothered with apathy, but no matter how much he wants to help people, he is too immobilized to do anything useful. Haunted by chronic insomnia and impending sense of doom, all he can do is watch, and John is an avid observer. Through his voyeuristic binoculars, he struggles to make sense of all the alienation and disaffection he sees in his neighborhood. In his journal he meticulously chronicles the mundane down to steadfast march of ants across his kitchen counter. John is desperately trying to keep one meaningless day from blending into next. He compulsively watches homemade videos of LA riots looking for a clue. But everywhere around him the city's social fabric is coming apart at the seams, and now it is John Boys's own threadbare ... Written by Strand releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality and drug use, and for some violence




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John: V.D.? Who the fuck wants V.D.?
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Performed by Stan Ridgway & Zander Schloss
Words & Music by Stan Ridgway
(c) & (p) Mondo Spartacus/Illegal Songs
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An Epic movie that blew me away
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a time when the majority of us forget what happened yesterday, this movie will preserve a cancer on our country, and a moment in time that was indeed depressing and sad. This is one of the most real movies I've ever seen. The soundtrack is incredible, along with everyone who played in it. It isn't just a history lesson, it's a lesson in humanity and the fact is that this occurrence has forever changed the future makes it a truly awesome film. This movie is not for your typical small-minded, Hollywood fluff viewer. I would suggest anyone with a progressive bent for music and movies, and anyone who has stepped off the beaten path- see this movie. One more thing, considering this movie is from 1994, and today it's 2005 and that I own this movie and only got here because I was looking for information on one of the artists because I watched it again yesterday....it's a great film.

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