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A washed up Vegas lounge singer, Jack Satin (Hamilton von Watts), has no money, no job, and delusional aspirations of fame. When Jack is forced to leave Vegas, he packs up his old Cadillac and hits the road for Atlantic City. But his car dies in the desert and Jack is left stranded in the small town of Lost Springs. There, Jack meets jazz legend turned mechanic, Doc Bishop (Robert Guillaume), who helps him with his car trouble. Although Jack is far from the stage, he begins to find himself feeling at home in the small town. When he meets dreamy eyed bartender, Lauren Wells (Melissa Joan Hart), Jack starts to see there is more to life than chasing fame and fortune. Doc encourages Jack to explore his true love of music, while Lauren provides the audience he has always wanted. But as Jack realizes this town has more to offer him than the bright lights of the big city, his Vegas past catches up with him -- what unfolds is comedy at the crossroads of life. Written by
This indie dramady delivers a good time and may make you want to buy an old convertible, hit the road and drive out to Vegas. The cast is really great, lots of dry off beat humor and toward the end it pulls at the heartstrings. Beautiful music: Americana down and out blues, rock, swing, jazz and a very memorable 80's retro classic. Unique to this movie is a crazy looking music contraption called "The Circle," -- a must see.
The Jack Satin character is a cocky, full-of-him-self, Vegas lounge singer who was raised by a showgirl. His first big break was shining Wayne Newton's shoes and his career has gone down hill from there. He's funny in a lovable loser kind of way, could be a breakout performance by newcomer Hamilton von Watts.
There are lots of surprises in Satin. Robert Guillaume (Benson) plays a music guru mechanic, steals a lot of scenes with his iconic voice and sharp comic timing. Melissa Joan Hart plays a sweet yet strong bartender who as expected falls for Satin. Though she's her usual cute and funny self, I really liked her in this more mature role. And for you Southland fans, Michael Cudlitz gets to play a truly hilarious leather vest wearing Bronco driving closet karaoke star. There's a song he sings that had me rolling on the floor with laughter.
Satin strikes as careful balance between comedy and drama that makes it very entertaining and by the end poetic and soulful. One of the coolest movies I've seen this year - Little Miss Sunshine meets The Hangover combined with the Flight of the Conchords version of Crazy Heart. So glad I discovered this movie.
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