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Floundering (1994)

 -  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:
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John (as James LeGros)
Shaka ...
Shaman
Zander Schloss ...
Catatonic Man
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JC
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Gal
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Guy
Dolores Deluce ...
Breadstore Clerk (as Dolores Delucé)
Eddie Baytos ...
Paper Thief
Maritza Rivera ...
Elle
Yolanda García ...
Yolanda (as Yolanda Garcia)
Ángel García ...
Pepe (as Angel Garcia)
Tom Cortese ...
Drug Dealer
Therman Statom ...
Drug Buyer
Margaret McNally ...
Westsider
Anna Wacks ...
Westside Kid
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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 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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It's So Hard to Fall in Love
Performed by Sebadoh
Composed by Lou Barlow (as Louis K. Barlow)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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The movie flounders
26 October 1998 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

How can good intentions go so awry?

The movie has the right things to say. It attacks greed, racism, corporate indifference, and shallow relationships, and it features cameos by such interesting people as Steve Buscemi. John Cusack, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Unfortunately, it lacks one thing one usually looks for in a comedy, namely humor. It just isn't very funny.

Our hero has a really bad hair day. His girl is with another guy when he shows up early for a date. His brother breaks out of rehab, gets wasted and now thinks our hero is the devil. His bank accounts are possessed by the IRS. His unemployment runs out. His idealistic high school teacher has become a racist greedhead. He is pursued in a drive-by shooting.

He O.D.'s. He is sodomized after he passes out. ....Well, you get the point.

There are two ways to attack a hateful target. One is to use the sharp eye of satire, the other is to say "hey, that stinks". This movie does the latter. It uses the Beavis and Butthead level of analytical depth.

Unfortunately, everyone knows that racism stinks, and they go to movies to be entertained. Viewers may agree with the ideas in this one, and so they may feel good when he strikes back, but not many people will be entertained by it.

Sophomoric.


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