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The Lather Effect (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 2006 (USA)
On the eve of selling her mother's house, a thirty-something housewife wakes up to a hangover surrounded by her best friends from high school, who were used to partying in the house in an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Irvine ...
Passed Out Top Gun Guy
Steve Prough ...
Home Inspector / Passed Out Spicoli
Adrienne Salick ...
Passed Out Pat Benetar
Pink Panty Dude (as Kevin Heffernen)
Dom at the Door
Warm Leatherette Babe #1


On the eve of selling her mother's house, a thirty-something housewife wakes up to a hangover surrounded by her best friends from high school, who were used to partying in the house in an earlier era, and stirring memories of old teenage games and truths revealed about loves lost. Written by Moviedude1

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Sometimes the only way to get over your past is to re-live it.


Comedy | Drama


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26 June 2006 (USA)  »

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A Manhã Seguinte  »

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A lot of fun
20 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on the last night of the LA Film Festival, and it was a treat.

The plot, such as it is, is about a group of friends getting together for 'one last party' at a house about to be sold, an '80's Rage', where they dress up like their favorite 80's icons, Madonna, Tom Cruise, etc. There's even a funny reference to 'that Gorbachov dude'.

But it's really about a lost past, missed opportunities, and cleaning out the cobwebs of old relationships. Sounds kind of heavy, but it's really really funny.

The cast is great, from the radiant Ione Skye (Say Anything) to straight laced Tate Donovan (The O.C.) to David Herman as the 'former child star', who just about steals every scene that he's in. But the 'jubilant engine' that kicks it into high gear is Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction), who I didn't' know even did comedy. He's hysterical, and every time he's on screen the film goes to a different, wackier place.

It has one of those soundtracks that make you want to go out and buy it. Which I tried to do at the Virgin Records outside the theater, but they didn't' have it yet. Every 80's hit song you can remember is somehow in this film, it's a little like BEING at the actual party!

In fact, the whole film is like being at a party. A lot of fun.

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