All his life, Leonard (Joshua Leonard, Humpday (2009)) has dreamed of being a famous filmmaker, but he's better at making excuses than making art. A chance encounter with a wasted A-list ... See full summary »
Dave Brown is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals. The most notorious of his actions is purportedly murdering a suspected serial date rapist, which is why he has been given the nickname "Date Rape Dave". He lives with two of his ex-wives - sisters Barbara and Catherine - in an effort to keep family together, namely his two daughters, Helen and Margaret, who each have a different sister as their mother. Dave still maintains a sexual relationship with both sisters - whenever the mood suits any of them - while he openly has other sexual relationships. His life is put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with who he got into an automobile crash. This situation is ... Written by
Dave (Woody Harrelson), a Vietnam war veteran, quips to homeless war veteran Terry (Ben Foster) that he is not Santa Claus. In their previous collaboration in The Messenger (2009), both Harrelson and Foster play war veterans, where the former quips about Christmas when the two are on casualty notification. See more »
Dave Brown tells Kyle, who tailed him to a shrimp shack, that "all the Founding Fathers owned slaves." Not True. Second U.S. President John Adams owned a farm, but never owned slaves. See more »
I had no idea what this was based on before I went in to watch it. Everyone (well many) were raving about Woody Harrelsons performance. But the feeling I got from the movie, the vibe it has, does remind one of James Ellroy. Especially if you have read one of his novels (which conveniently enough I just had finished one).
What you have to accept (if you can), is the fact, that this is a very dark miserable, but strangely endearing person. The character Woodys playing does not feel he's doing anything wrong. And you have to admire the honesty (he doesn't pretend, he's a straight shooter). Sometimes you may admire him, sometimes you may hate him. But you cannot say that he is fake.
Having said that, this matter will decide if you like or hate the movie. It's not really an easy movie at all. I wouldn't dare calling the watching experience as pleasant, but it sure was something incredible!
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