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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 <>

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




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If you think you might be crazy, this is your film
16 August 2000 | by (dallas tx) – See all my reviews

This movie saved me from suicide.

This is not a feel good movie for people who already feel good or people who feel bad and want to stay that way. It is for people who feel that something is wrong, about the world, about themselves, about life as they know it. They want to fix what's wrong but they don't have the energy, the knowledge or the power to do it.

Nobody wants to be the main character, Jon, but if you were ever a unemployed college graduate, who smokes. drinks, fornicates, and thinks too much, you know how he feels and have had at least one day like his. The only difference is he snaps. Most of us dont snap because we are afraid of what we might do. What the movie shows is the results would probably be more ridiculous than terrifying.

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