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: I guess I feel humanism is a form of spirituality. I never fucked anyone over, except myself. That's pretty moral.
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Performed by Codeine
Composed by Steve Immerwahr
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Worth watching , rare find
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a little movie with big things to say. There are some genuinely funny, thought provoking, and disturbing moments in this film. I was surprised to see it rated so low. Certainly not intended to be an academy award candidate nonetheless this film shines in its own way. Floundering takes you on a strange and comical trip that at times poignantly illuminates the absurd realities of modern life. This film takes on many issues through the "floundering" character of Le Gros; recycling, violence,sexuality, drug abuse, wealth disparity, family loss,mental health, and human fraternity to name a few. Look for some great cameos from the likes of Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, and Kim Wayans.

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