With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
A day in Hollywood, 1972, with young people looking for the 24 hours that will change their lives. Zach will open that night for a British rocker at Whisky a Go-Go; he lives in a canyon and plays impromptu duets with a mysterious guitarist he doesn't see. Tammy is a costume designer, open to quick sex with the various rockers she works with and loved from afar by Michael, a photographer recovering from a case of the clap. His good friend is Felix, a morose, alcoholic songwriter. On hand for comic relief is Marty Shapiro, a fast-talking record producer. Getting ready for the gig at the club, Zach's performance, and the early-morning aftermath comprise the film. Written by
At the end of the movie when we are told Nick Stahl's character is inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame his name is spelled "Zack". Seconds later in the credits it is spelled "Zach". See more »
Done in the style of Crash and Boogie Nights, Sunset Strip falls far short of those two recent classics. It's main problem is lack of a coherent story, but even more than that it lacks for the most part characters you could really care about.
Mainly because these two were an exception to some of the self indulgent rockstars and wannabes, Sunset Strip was best when it focused on the relationship of Nick Stahl and John Randolph. The eager young kid from the sticks and the oldtimer who once played in the orchestra that scored Gone With The Wind had a real nice poignant resonance to it. The other people there, I never really cared about, there comings and goings and how they all interconnected with one another over a course of 24 hours during a summer day of 1972.
I'd see the film for those Stahl and Randolph and go for a pop and popcorn break during the rest.
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