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Hurlyburly (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 1998 (USA)
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Hollywood movers and shakers dissect their own personal lives when everything seems to clash together.



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Hurly-burly is an adaptation of David Rabe's well known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes who's personal lives threaten to veer into a catastrophe more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for constant drug use, pervasive strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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Ano kato  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$164,826 (USA) (25 December 1998)


$1,796,328 (USA) (2 April 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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When Eddie lies under the glass table while Mickey and Artie talk to him, the location (and amount) of cocaine changes between shots. See more »


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Don't take it literally
7 May 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This was an incredibly interesting movie. Besides an exceptional cast, the dialogue is sharp and witty and there are some very intriguing issues raised. However, it seems that these positive points are lost on most viewers. My guess is it's because you cannot remain a passive viewer or an idiot and expect to find any redeeming qualities in this movie. On the surface, Hurlyburly is populated by extremely unsympathetic characters that become more debased as the movie progresses. Eddie (Penn) provides the central thrust of the movie. Eddie is also almost continually snorting coke that fuels extended often seemingly disjointed dialogue. But most of the meaning is lost and the movie can become a bit tedious if you take this dialogue literally. The drugs and depravity serve to create a plausible environment for the expression of a much greater range of thoughts and emotions. It would be hard to swallow Eddie's neurosis and paranoia if he wasn't high all the time. And, Eddie's drug addled observations and frustrations are the glue of the movie. The drugs provide the writer with a device to verbalise many thoughts that normally would not be uttered aloud. More traditionally this type of problem might be solved by using a narrator. Eddie's problems and fears are not all that different from most people ... they are just extremely amplified.

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