After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Eight friends meet for their monthly couples brunch. But what starts as an impromptu therapy session/airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to surprising results. Written by
A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles. Presumably the entire city is wiped out. Hilarious, right? Just the kind of thing I want to watch after the Boston bombing.
Now, it's always good to find a way to laugh in the face of disaster, and I know the filmmakers were trying to make a funny film about the end of the world. And that's OK, if you do it with a certain level of intelligence.
What's not OK? Every single character in this film. They're horrible people. Vacant. Stupid. Selfish. Totally unlikable. And completely void of any humanity. If that's how you're going to write/edit your characters, then I say just go for it and really show just how awful people can be. Make it a real satire.
I believe another user commented that this would have worked better as a play, and I agree that it might be a decent play if someone punched up the dialogue and cast better actors. However, I give major props to Julia Stiles and David Cross for acting their way through a very mediocre script.
In the end, this film IS a disaster, so I guess the filmmakers got at least one thing right. Oof.
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