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Trees Lounge (1996)

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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".

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Things aren't going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he "borrowed" money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can't find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives, full of the colorful eccentrics one finds in such places, like the estranged husband, or the old boozer drinking himself to death. He drunkenly wanders through his life, still in love with his ex, desperate for some sort of meaning beyond the bar, some sort of meaning to his life. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A story about one man's search... for who knows what

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Rated R for plentiful strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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$39,830 (USA) (11 October 1996)

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$695,229 (USA)
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John Costelloe was originally cast as Matthew. See more »

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When Tommy reminds Debbie to collect her bag when he is dropping her off, you can see a crew person in corner of screen as well as in the window reflection. See more »

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Harry: Can you help you?
Tommy: Yeah, I was in here last week, I left my number. I was just wondering if you found a mechanic yet.
Harry: No, not yet.
Tommy: Because I'm available, I mean I know you're probably still looking at other possibilities but I can start anytime.
Harry: I remember you. Where's your car?
Tommy: My car?
Harry: Yeah, when you drove away from here last week your car stalled out down the block, it took you 25 minutes to get it started.
Tommy: I know, it's a piece of shit. But I've got it running pretty good now.
Harry: So how come ...
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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MUDSLIDE
Written and Performed by Craig Ross
Published by Sophie Spot Music
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Amusing and low-key debut from indie king Buscemi
6 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Small town deadbeat Tommy, spends the majority of his time drinking at the Trees Lounge and trying to find comfort with anything in a skirt. Meanwhile his ex-best friend is with his ex-girlfriend who may or may not be carrying Tommy's child. Tommy drifts day to day before finding himself a job and a new friend.

This was Buscemi's first attempt as director and is semi-autobiographical in it's plot. Plot, however is a poor way to describe this film's story. Rather it is an amusing character piece, following Tommy through his life. Tommy is likeable but is also selfish, clueless, aimless and friendless. We like him because he has a good loser-quality to him that brings part sympathy and part empathy. During the film he hurts many through his selfish actions and his life is consistently aimless and pointless. However it still manages to be interesting because of Tommy. Even when I didn't care about him the story had enough good support characters and goings on to keep me interested.

Buscemi as actor is just as good – doing a weasely version of himself but managing to keep him just likeable enough to get by. It something about the way that Tommy clearly hurts himself all the way that makes it hard to dislike him. The support cast are all very good. Junior, Kane et al do well as the various barflies while LaPaglia, Bracco, Baldwin, Imperioli, Rogers and Jackson all deliver well on their various roles. Sevingy is very good again in another sexually laced child role – but I'm glad she's not been typecast too much since Kids.

Overall this is plot light but is still interesting, amusing and enjoyable. Buscemi directs with a light touch and keeps everything light until the sombre final shot.


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