Dallas oil magnate Max Hagan is being helped through yet another messy divorce by his record executive daughter Beth. When his soon-to-be-ex forces him out of his mansion, he finds himself tangled in a wild night of sex drugs and rock-and-roll with his daughter's boyfriend, the punk-rocker/computer programmer Raff, and manages to strengthen the bond with his dysfunctional family. Written by
The Night of the White Pants is a funny, honest, yet upbeat film about a dysfunctional Texas family and the night from hell. Auteur Amy Talkington is on top of her game here: the one liners are priceless, and she obviously knows her way around Texas, the punk rock scene, and the occasional fancy hotel. The film has the frenetic energy of the perfect night out, the authentic ring of a great punk song, and the carefree spirit of a particularly wild prom night for grownups. There's great chemistry between the two leads, Nick Stahl and Tom Wilkenson, while Fran Kranz updates Jeff Spicoli to fantastic effect and steals scenes right and left. Put it this way: Anyone who enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine or Slums of Beverly Hills will love it.
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