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Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." Written by
Randall Miller & Jody Savin
In the scene where Eli and Sarah are back in their house with the reporters on their lawn, the scene pans between the characters and the mantel. On the mantel is a black and white picture of a man with a mustache which actually happens to be younger Alan Rickman from a previous movie, probably around the time of his movie, Truly Madly Deeply. The picture can be seen multiple times in this scene. See more »
During Barkley and City's love scene, a patch covering her right nipple is briefly visible. See more »
The French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once said, "I think there is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." The wisdom of it. When you were a kid with an open soul, they told the world consists of good guys and bad guys. I always liked the bad guys. Scar Face over Superman.
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Let me just start by saying I didn't get the first comment on this movie. Alan Rickman's FIVE minutes? The entire movie is about him.
Now, about the movie. I thought it was FANTASTIC. From writer/director/producer/editor Randall Miller is now at the top of my list of festival favorites. This dark comedy could draw on the audience for Alan Rickman and Danny DeVito, and on the growing public for extremely seductive Eliza Dushku. It's *very* fast paced moving quickly from scene to scene. The music is a major, major component of this film fantastic techno type stuff. And it's really an ensemble piece it's not just dominated by Rickman or a couple of characters. Each of them plays a large role and it's pretty evenly distributed. It's a complicated film you really have to pay attention and follow the plot twists. Stylishly directed, with very interesting cinematography, it features exceptional acting from a large and noteworthy cast, too. Eliza Dushku stands out as the criminally involved City Hall. It is definitely headed for a distribution deal soon.
A M A Z I N G.
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