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Writer (WGA):
Don Roos (written by)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lisa Kudrow ... Mamie

Steve Coogan ... Charley

Jesse Bradford ... Nicky

Bobby Cannavale ... Javier

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Jude

Jason Ritter ... Otis

Tom Arnold ... Frank

David Sutcliffe ... Gil

Sarah Clarke ... Diane

Laura Dern ... Pam

Hallee Hirsh ... Mamie at 17

Eric Jungmann ... Charley at 16 / Tom

Kim Morgan Greene ... Connie Peppitone

Rayne Marcus ... Annette

Caitlyn Folley ... Lauren (as Caker Folley)

Amanda Foreman ... Lane
Nicole Tocantins ... Tess

Mark Fite ... Tess's Drunk Husband

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Dignora

Ramon De Ocampo ... Alvin (as Ramón de Ocampo)

A.J. Trauth ... Bill
Carole Androsky ... Naked Woman (as Carol Androsky)

Tamara Davies ... Shauna
Ashleigh Darkbloom ... Rain

Emma Hunton ... Becca
T.R. Hopper ... Chuck Peppitone

Rob Macie ... Steve the Lawyer
Lisa Hoyle ... Woman Driver
Joe Milton ... Musician #1
Dave Beyer ... Musician #2
Randy Landas ... Musician #3

Scott Sener ... Karaoke Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Melissa Barker ... Protestor (uncredited)

Mark Elias ... Coffee Shop Patron (uncredited)

Johnny Galecki ... Miles (uncredited)

Peter Horton ... Ted the Urologist (uncredited)

Rana McAnear ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Deirdre Wall ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Roos 
Writing credits
Don Roos (written by)

Produced by
Bobby Cohen .... co-producer
Mike Elliott .... executive producer
Ali Forman .... co-producer
Jon Kuyper .... line producer
Robert M. Melnik .... associate producer (as Robert Melnik)
Nicolas Meyer .... executive producer (as Nick Meyer)
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... producer
Marc Platt .... co-producer
Donna Sloan .... associate producer
Laura D. Smith .... associate producer (as Laura Smith)
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Cinematography by
Clark Mathis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Codron 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Set Decoration by
Matthew Flood Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Peggy A. Schnitzer  (as Peggy Anita Schnitzer)
Makeup Department
Toni G .... key makeup artist (as Toni Garavaglia)
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair department head (as Jonathan Joseph Hanousek)
Kay Majerus .... key hair stylist
Sheree Morgan .... key makeup artist
Robin Siegel .... makeup department head
Production Management
Karen Gorodetzky .... production supervisor
Jon Kuyper .... unit production manager
Rosemary Lara .... production manager: Lions Gate Entertainment
Curtis A. Miller .... supervisor of production: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Curtis Miller)
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven F. Beaupre .... second second assistant director
Hope Garrison .... second assistant director
Eric Tignini .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Adams .... on-set dresser
Lorin Flemming .... assistant art director
Gerard Jordan .... swing gang (as Gerard A. Jordan)
Kathleen Kasinger .... property master
Jim Landis .... assistant property master
Anthony Maccario .... swing gang (as Tony Maccario)
James R. Marchese .... swing gang
Merdyce McClaran .... assistant property master
Jim Motyl .... swing gang (as James S. Motyl)
Nancy Restuccia .... art department coordinator
JoAnn Stevens .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (as Stewart K. Bernstein)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Preston Connor .... utility sound (as Preston Conner)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dawn)
Steve Evans .... boom operator (as R. Steven Evans)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacqueline Marie McLaughlin .... utility sound
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist (as Cynthia Merril)
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer (as Nick Nuetra)
Benjamin Patrick .... sound mixer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
David Schneider .... boom operator
Ken Strain .... boom operator (as Kenneth Strain)
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Brendan Beebe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mark Harris .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Seymour .... special effects technician
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (as J.D. Streett IV)
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... i/o: Custom Film Effects
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: Efilm
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Shaina Holmes .... digital coordinator: Custom Film Effects
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... lead digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Danita Slaughter .... digital intermediate assistant editor: Efilm
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Mary C. Snyder .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Mike Ocoboc .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Melissa Barker .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Nicole Basanda .... stunts
Casey Easlick .... stunts
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Denney Pierce .... stunts (as Denny Pierce)
Ronn Surels .... stunts (as Ronn Surls)
Scott Waugh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Salim Benshir .... lamp operator (as Salim Benshrir)
John F. Cassidy .... key grip
Kelly Clear .... gaffer
Chris Culliton .... best boy electric (as Christopher Culliton)
Willie E. Dawkins .... lamp operator
Tim Day .... grip
Chris Friebus .... loader
Toulouse Holliday .... best boy grip (as S. Toulouse Holliday)
David Kagen .... lamp operator
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Steven C. Marshall .... second assistant camera (as Steve C. Marshall)
Terence McNally .... lamp operator (as Terrance R. McNally)
Jason Newton .... grip
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera
Joe-Joe Presson .... grip (as Joseph A. Presson)
David W. Slodki .... lamp operator (as David Slodki)
Daniel L. Turrett .... camera operator (as Daniel Turrett)
Niel Williams .... grip (as Niel E. Williams)
Jennifer Ann Henry .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Damon Liebowitz .... electrician (uncredited)
Gabe Morley .... video playback supervisor (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Betts .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Terrence Harris .... casting associate: Bill Dance Casting (as Terence Harris)
Will Stewart .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Aronson .... costume supervisor
Yulia Gershenzon .... set costumer
Alison M. Schmidt .... costumer
Natasha Walsh .... costumer (as Natasha Stanton Walsh)
Editorial Department
Steve Bowen .... digital intermediate colorist: Efilm
Steve Danhieux .... data management operator: Efilm
Colby Enders .... assistant editor
Ben Estrada .... digital intermediate colorist assistant: Efilm
Bob Fernley .... digital intermediate producer: Efilm
Christi Franck .... post-production assistant
Brian Han .... digital intermediate color assistant: Efilm
Jennifer Hwang .... post-production coordinator
Esther Lee .... production assistant: Efilm
Devon Miller .... digital intermediate editor: Efilm
Stanley Miller .... film scanning/recording operator: Efilm
Dean Ramser .... film processing: Consolidated Film Industries
Victor Rodriguez .... digital quality operator: Efilm
Bobby Williams .... post-production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Michael Hatzer .... color timer (uncredited)
Mark W. McCoy .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Agostino .... music playback
Mark Agostino .... music recordist
Michael Baber .... music editor
Joel C. High .... music executive: Lions Gate Entertainment
Gary Raymond .... music recordist
Rebecca Rienks .... music assistant
Tiffany Ryan .... music coordinator
Nicole Tocantins .... music supervisor
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Baz .... driver
Jody Bingenheimer .... driver
Curtis Clark .... driver (as Curtis Edward Clark)
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain (as Angel De Santi)
Christian G. Ervin .... driver (as Chris Ervin)
Rick Fese Jr. .... driver (as Rick 'Easy' Fese)
Will Gardner .... driver
Mark Garrett .... driver
John Grissom .... driver (as John I. Grissom)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Steve Larson .... driver
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver
Kevin Simmons .... driver (as Kevin Hale Simmons)
Joseph Taggert .... driver (as Joseph Taggart)
Chris Haynes .... production driver (uncredited)
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Altman .... production equipment: Leonetti
David Arnott .... adr actor
Bree Bailey .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Susan Bannout .... medic
Doug Burch .... adr actor
Catherine Choate .... contract administrator of business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Vicki Davis .... adr actor
Richard J. Day .... office production assistant
Anna Easteden .... double: Mamie
Frank E. Errico .... production coordinator
Jeff Fischer .... adr actor (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Amanda Shamis Flannery .... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Amanda Shamis)
Amy Roos Flemming .... assistant: Mr. Roos (as Amy Roos)
Seamus Gibbons .... chef: Deluxe Catering
Lisa Gooding .... clearance supervisor
Sarah Greenberg .... executive vice president of national publicity: Lions Gate Entertainment
Wes Hagan .... location manager (as Wesley K. Hagen)
Liam Hearne .... assistant post-production accountant
John Hegeman .... president of world wide marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
Chris Hiatt .... additional typesetter: Keep Me Posted
Ryanne Higley .... additional typesetter: Keep Me Posted
Roy G. Irwin .... medic
Carrie Mae Jones .... first assistant accountant
Chris Libby .... unit publicist: MPRM
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Robert Melnik)
Tracy Metro .... adr actor
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Aynna M. Orona .... craft service (as Aynna Orona)
Oscar Orona .... assistant craft service
Jordan Otis .... office production assistant
Tim Palen .... executive vice president of marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
David Randolph .... adr actor (as David J. Randolph)
Ryan Reasor .... office production assistant
Aaron Richmond .... stand-in
A.J. Rinella .... office production assistant (as Anthony Rinella)
Erin M. Royer .... assistant: Mr. Elliott
David Ruiz .... set production assistant
Joe Rystrom .... medic
Vernon Scott .... adr actor
Scott Sener .... stand-in
Rony Shino .... assistant location manager (as Ron Shino)
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Bernadette Tanchauco .... production accountant
Hellena Taylor .... stand-in (as Hellena Schmied)
Nate Taylor .... assistant location manager
James Uribe .... assistant production coordinator
Charlyn Ware .... vice president of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Stephanie Wescott .... payroll accountant
Shawn Williamson .... set production assistant
LouAnn Wu .... set production assistant
Jennifer Yee .... supervisor of business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Brian Yonck .... set production assistant
Ruth Zalduondo .... adr actor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Marika Cahn .... assistant: Ms. Kudrow (uncredited)
Pierre Cheminat .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dixon .... business affairs coordinator (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Mike Kohl .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rob Macie .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Ann Shimabukuro .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Twohy .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Adamson .... special thanks
Asia .... special thanks
Jason Barrett .... special thanks
Enrique Beingolea .... special thanks
Bonnie Bernstein .... special thanks
Dave Beyer .... special thanks
Cliff Brodsky .... special thanks: Brodsky Music Production
Dan Bucatinsky .... special thanks
John L. Burnham .... special thanks (as John Burham)
Joannie Burstein .... special thanks (as Joannie Burnstein)
Grant Conway .... special thanks: Sandbox Studios
Mary Cynar .... special thanks
Def Leppard .... special thanks
Mike Duffy .... special thanks: The Karma Coffeehouse
Cassian Elwes .... special thanks
Salomon Emquies .... special thanks
Ruth Erlich .... acknowledgment: marble sculpture titled "Blastogenesis"
Dave Feldman .... special thanks
Sean Frankenheimer .... special thanks
Laura Franklin .... special thanks
Johnny Galecki .... special thanks
Eva Gardner .... special thanks
Dave Gibbs .... special thanks
Malinda Goddard .... special thanks
Dominic Griffin .... special thanks
Nancy Heller .... special thanks
Jason Hendler .... special thanks
David Hines .... acknowledgment: McKee living room painting by
Peter Horton .... special thanks
Scott Howard .... special thanks
Aleen Keshishian .... special thanks
Courtney Kivowitz .... special thanks
Linda Kordek .... special thanks: The Agency Group
Chi Chi La Rue .... acknowledgment: adult footage by (as Chi Chi LaRue)
Randy Landis .... special thanks
Brian Lapin .... special thanks
Tony Lipp .... special thanks
Joe Milton .... special thanks: Jo-Musik
Michael Morris .... thanks
Michael Morris .... special thanks
Sean Mulhern .... special thanks
Rick Parker .... special thanks
Steve Rabineau .... special thanks
Stephanie Ramsey .... special thanks
REO Speedwagon .... special thanks
Miranda Richards .... special thanks
Craig Richey .... special thanks
Jeremiah Samuels .... special thanks
Josh Schwartz .... special thanks
Craig Shapiro .... special thanks
Geoff Siegel .... special thanks
Skid Row .... special thanks
Fred Specktor .... special thanks
Robert Stein .... special thanks
Mick Sullivan .... special thanks
Christopher Touchton .... special thanks
Evan Tripoli .... special thanks
Ronny Vardy .... acknowledgment: Coffeehouse painting by
Adam Venit .... special thanks
John Wilmer .... special thanks
John Wygonski .... special thanks
Julie Yorn .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug use
128 min
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Maggie Gyllenhaal was not the first choice to play Jude. Gwyneth Paltrow was originally slated to play the part, but dropped out and was replaced by Jennifer Garner. After Garner left the project, Gyllenhaal was awarded the role.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jude and Otis were getting ready to have sex in his room, she takes off her pants and in the next scene her pants are back on.See more »
[first lines]
Charley:[chasing Mamie] Wait! Wait!
Woman Driver:[hits Mamie] My God! Oh my God! Oh my God! I didn't see her! I didn't see her!
Charley:Oh my God!
Woman Driver:Oh my God, I'm so sorry, I didn't see her!
Charley:Do you have a cell? Call 911!
Woman Driver:Oh God.
Passerby:Hey, is she all right?
Charley:I don't know.
Woman Driver:[on phone] 911? Yes, hurry, we need an ambulance quick.
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Multi-Layered Deceptions in LA-Based Ennui Makes for a Smart, Meandering Hodgepodge, 23 January 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Filmmaker Don Roos brings a unique perspective to his films, and this omnibus 2005 film exemplifies his idiosyncratic style quite well. Even though it doesn't work in its entirety, it has a great ensemble cast and some really sharp observations about a loosely connected group of people who have in common a certain disassociation with the inner truths in their lives. In fact, the deceptive nature of the characters is the movie's leitmotif, and Roos crosscuts their interactions with helpful title cards that often explain their inner motivations for their actions.

There are three basic stories that constitute the film, which recalls the multi-layered, somewhat enervated spirit of Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" especially given the LA-based ennui both films portray with accuracy. The first story deals with step-siblings Mamie, who as a teenager, had a one-night stand with her stepbrother Charley. Years later, Mamie is an abortion clinic worker, while Charley, gay and partnered contently with Gil for five years, runs their long-dead parents' last remaining restaurant. Both siblings have their own storyline - Mamie meets Nicky, a grungy filmmaker who wants her to participate in a film about meeting someone from her past. However, she convinces Nicky to make another film entirely about her intermittent lover Javier's massage practice.

The second story revolves around Charley's obsession with the paternity of a son which their lesbian best friends have just conceived. This leads to unexpected revelations that backfire on Charley. The third story focuses on Otis, a closeted teenage drummer who works at Charley's restaurant. Otis meets Jude, a vagabond singer who favors Billy Joel ballads and beds Otis in order to have a place to crash. Once established in the palatial home, she also attaches herself to Otis's divorced father Frank. It all sounds complicated and sometimes feels quite erratic, but Roos makes the film intriguing to watch.

The acting certainly helps. As Mamie, Lisa Kudrow again shows how she can use her somewhat flaky persona in an arresting way that can be funny and heartbreaking. Steve Coogan effectively brings out Charley's neuroses, while Jesse Bradford is convincingly suspect as Nicky. The underutilized Laura Dern doesn't really have much to do as one-half of the lesbian couple (Sarah Clarke is the other half), while Bobby Cannavale gamely brings out the swarthy gamesmanship of Javier. Jason Ritter (the look-alike son of the late John Ritter) plays Otis with the right amount of confusion and anxiety. As the bonhomous Jude, Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jake's sister) gives a shrewd performance that never borders on the obvious, while Tom Arnold surprises with a subtle turn as the comparatively innocent Frank.

The DVD has an alternate commentary track with Roos, Kudrow and cinematographer Clark Mathis, as well as ten deleted scenes of varying quality and three scenes that constitute the lacking gag reel. During the final film's lengthy 128-minute running time, there are scenes that seem to drift with no reason and character motivations that go unexplained. Regardless, the film is definitely worth seeing.

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