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The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert (2009)

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Desire and addiction form the confluence of bad choices and unintended consequences for Veronica Lambert. Her desperation to see her desires fulfilled is palpable as she acclimatizes to big... See full summary »

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Mr. New York
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Terry
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Veronica Lambert (as Ricki Noel Lander)
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Luke
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Penelope
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Jack
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Maya
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Max
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Veronica's Mother
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Walter
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Rifka
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Desire and addiction form the confluence of bad choices and unintended consequences for Veronica Lambert. Her desperation to see her desires fulfilled is palpable as she acclimatizes to big city life, while assuaged by the good intentions of Mr. New York, an old-time movie hustler who befriends the new arrival to the Hollywood scene. Her interest in true love and naivete in life becomes fodder for her married lover, who ultimately seduces her into a criminally-sociopathic and brutal act. Similar to Crash or Pulp Fiction, each character's progressively egocentric motives juxtapose one another, form a cross-hatch of competing elements to complicate and in the end, clarify the outcome of a long path toward betrayal and loss. Veronica's harsh life in Hollywood starts in a small town with a desire for love and attraction in the big city, when fuelled by competing passions, destiny rapidly leads to a turnstile of disingenuous friends and drugs, overshadowed by the sexual and narcissistic ... Written by John Arno

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Can I be the first to review this Jeff Bezos?
1 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Picked this up from my local Blockbuster (one wonders how long one can make that statement) as nothing else was available and I had the freebie. According to IMDb it comes out in 2009 and Blockbuster has it coming out in 2011. In any event it's 2012 (barely) and just finished watching a very well done indie film about life of young people in Hollywood. All the elements of a good movie are here including terrific acting on all accounts. This is not some sloppy poor done crap. Everything was done about as well as can be expected from what had to have been a limited budget. The lighting and cinematography were first rate. The sound guy(s) did an excellent job. The score was OK, but, this reviewer has little knowledge of what makes good music nowadays so I'll put that out there. For me, a good movie is one that is believable. I don't care if it's Star Wars or Blazing Saddles, if some plot hole makes it ridiculous than the time invested is wasted. So, while I say that it does have one particular sin, but the acting and direction were so well done that I can overlook that caveat.

As for what this movie is about, it's a character study and the movie is done in vignette style, with each piece focusing on most but not all of the characters. It is also done a little out of sync, but it all makes sense in the end.

I liked it. Didn't love it. But figured that with so much garbage out there a tip of the hat to something that is not is worth my effort.

I didn't recognize any of the actors but they were all nice looking so it's doubtful that any of them would not want this piece to show up on their resume. They all did a very credible job and the final cut was very, very well done.


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