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Mojave Moon (1996)

Al McCord is hanging out at his favourite restaurant when he meets an attractive young woman (Ellie) who is looking for a ride from the city out into the Mojave Desert, where her mother ... See full summary »

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Al McCord is hanging out at his favourite restaurant when he meets an attractive young woman (Ellie) who is looking for a ride from the city out into the Mojave Desert, where her mother lives. Little does he know that while Ellie is falling in love with him, he is falling for her mother (Julie), despite the nearby presence of Julie's boyfriend who seems likely to go berzerk at any moment. Even more strange, hilarious events follow and it's up to Al to find some explanation. His life may never again be the same. Written by Neil Wick <neil@wick.net>

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A Roadtrip, a Romance, and a Not-So-Dead Body.


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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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When Al goes outside to leave julie's trailer, Ellie's Trans Am is clearly seen in the background, although she drove it to the Buffalo chip bar and is there at the time Al is leaving. See more »

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Al: [first lines - narration] Ever get so bored with your life, you're afraid your gonna do something stupid? And then you get afraid you're so far gone you can't even think up something stupid to do any more? Well last year when my wife and I split up, I decided to leave New York, thought I'd go to Seattle. Then I remembered, Seattle has even more serial killers than Long Island. Add that to the big coffee house scene, and you got a town filled with psychopaths - who are always awake.
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Little Misfortune
By Jeff Silbar and John Durrill
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Sweet, but pretty tame and forgettable.
12 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Angelina Jolie completists may feel compelled to sample this minor item from her early portfolio, and it certainly beats Cyborg 2, but if it had starred anybody else it would be of little interest to audiences even just a month after it came out. Danny Aiello plays a fiftyish bachelor who, despite being a little thin on top and a little thick in the middle, is confident of his ability to attract young women. Jolie catches his eye in a coffee shop and calls him over, essentially to put his boasts to the test by having him charm her in front of his friends. The resulting awkwardness is more excruciating than funny and this is part of the problem with this movie: the funny bits mostly are not, and so then what are you left with? Jolie, as she was in many of her early roles, is quirky and winsome here, and Aiello has enough screen presence to anchor the movie, but the script gives them little to do that's genuinely interesting. The film is quite well shot with nice cityscapes around Los Angeles and gorgeous desert scenery once the pair gets on the road, but ultimately there is little here that entertains beyond the charm of the principals. I rather liked this movie, but ten minutes after it was over, I would have been hard pressed to provide specific details on what happened. Driving. There is a LOT of driving. And Jolie takes a shower in a way that is clearly intended to tease Aiello and keep him on the hook. But hey, we know she can be sexy; she became a superstar based on that talent fer cryin' out loud.

Ultimately, it's neither a plot nor a character driven film. It's a mood piece and the mood is sweet, but tame and forgettable. It's okay, but approach with caution.


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