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2by4 (1998)

 -  Drama  -  16 January 1998 (USA)
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Johnnie feels a lot of pressure lately. He's the foreman on his uncle's construction crew, and money seems to be going astray. His girlfriend begins pressuring him for more of a commitment ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Smallhorne ...
Johnnie Maher
Chris O'Neill ...
Uncle Trump
Bradley Fitts ...
Christian
Holyoke Joe ...
Joe
Terry McGoff ...
Billy
Michael Liebmann ...
Eddie (as Michael Liebman)
Ronan Carr ...
Brains
Leo Hamill ...
Paddy
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Conor
Kimberly Topper ...
Maria
Conor Foran ...
Paul
James Hanrahan ...
Taigh
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Bibi
Carmel O'Brien ...
Bridie
John McDonough ...
Katz
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Johnnie feels a lot of pressure lately. He's the foreman on his uncle's construction crew, and money seems to be going astray. His girlfriend begins pressuring him for more of a commitment and so does his new boyfriend. To top it off, he's started sleepwalking, and he doesn't know why. Written by bjk1961

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Johnnie Maher: Did you not think, that one day, I'd remember what you did to me... You're a rat's ass, Trump.
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Story of one man's pain unraveling.
7 February 2004 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

Johnnie is an emotionally detached Irish immigrant turned construction foreman. Working for his uncle and often going unpaid, Johnnie is haunted by nightmares and is emotionally and physically scarred by something in his past. His girlfriend Maria is worried about his nightmares and also by her suspicion that Johnnie sleeps with men as well as with women.

As Johnnie's world slowly crumbles, he reconstructs previously repressed memories and we see more and more why Johnnie is the way that he is.

That said, the movie had a great story poorly told. The flashbacks/fantasies were at times more confusing than enlightening and the action was at times unbelievable. Apparently this was the director's first movie as a director and, as so often happens when one writes, directs, and stars in a film, large parts of the film's vision is unclear to those that are not as close to it as the film maker.

Unlike many first time films though, there were moments here that were well worth viewing and it was certainly better than much of the drek that is released each year by much larger creative teams.

Overall, I'd give it a 6 of 10


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