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Overview

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Director:
Writer:
Bret Easton Ellis (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's not the hills.
Plot:
When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Better Than I Expected... But That's Not Saying Much See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lindsay Lohan ... Tara

James Deen ... Christian

Nolan Gerard Funk ... Ryan (as Nolan Funk)

Amanda Brooks ... Gina

Tenille Houston ... Cynthia

Gus Van Sant ... Dr. Campbell

Jarod Einsohn ... Hoodie Guy
Chris Zeischegg ... Reed

Victor of Aquitaine ... Randall

Jim Boeven ... Jon

Philip Pavel ... Erik (as Phil Pavel)
Lily Labeau ... Young Hot Girl
Thomas Trussell ... Young Hot Guy

Alex Ashbaugh ... David

Chris Schellenger ... Jaden

Lauren Schacher ... Caitlin

Diana Gitelman ... Receptionist

Andres De La Fuente ... Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Hoffman ... Matthew Hoffman (uncredited)

Michelle LaRue ... Waitress (uncredited)
Danny Wylde ... Reid (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
 
Writing credits
Bret Easton Ellis (written by)

Produced by
Siavash Behmard .... associate producer
Jordan Aveline Blair .... associate producer
Ali Brown .... associate producer
Kyle Curry .... associate producer
Pablo D'Stair .... associate producer
Andres De La Fuente .... associate producer
Shaun de Saint-Erne .... associate producer
James Deen .... associate producer
Kerstin Emhoff .... associate producer
Brian Gilman .... associate producer
Morgan K. Goss .... associate producer
Blake Greenbaum .... associate producer
Andreas Sune Hansen .... associate producer
Ricky Horne Jr. .... co-producer
Paul Hunter .... executive producer
Kurt Kittleson .... co-producer
Beau Laughlin .... co-producer
Ross Levine .... co-producer
Caleb Lindsay .... associate producer (as Caleb King)
Ken Locsmandi .... co-producer
Lindsay Lohan .... co-producer
Glenn T. Morgan .... associate producer
Dax Phelan .... associate producer
Braxton Pope .... producer
Simon Scriver .... associate producer
Tim Silano .... associate producer
Maure Silverman .... associate producer
Paul Stewart .... associate producer
Alexander Stojanovic .... associate producer
Jennifer Van Gessel .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Brendan Canning 
 
Cinematography by
John DeFazio (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tim Silano 
 
Casting by
Michelle Wade Byrd 
 
Production Design by
Stephanie J. Gordon  (as Stephanie Gordon)
 
Costume Design by
Keely Crum 
 
Makeup Department
Dnelle Almanza .... additional makeup artist
Sema Conde .... hair stylist: Ms. Lohan
David Hernandez .... makeup artist: Kindsay Lophan
Julie Rea .... key hair designer
Julie Rea .... key makeup designer
 
Production Management
Miya Sagara .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Clarke .... first assistant director
Robert Parker Clemente .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Adam Drosin .... set dresser intern
John Blake Pietrolungo .... art director intern
 
Sound Department
Matt Burgette .... boom operator
Jed M. Dodge .... sound effects editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Jared Marshack .... sound mix technician
Jason Meadows .... boom operator
Michael Miramontes .... sound mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Nick Ronzio .... boom operator
Adrian Sosa .... foley recordist
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue & adr editor
Ben Wilkins .... adr mixer
Ben Wilkins .... foley mixer
Ben Wilkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Stella Valente Wilkins .... foley artist
Chris Wilson .... boom operator
Brandon Pert .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Go Aoyama .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Yoshio Kohashi .... visual effects editor: Filmworks/FX
Andrew Lewitin .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Devin Nasby .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Mike Warren .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Ken Locsmandi .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Avignone .... steadicam operator
Tiffany Bailey .... additional tableau photographer
J. Mike Basaman .... grip
Christopher Boulos .... grip
Danny Brown .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Cole Chetney .... key grip
Dan Cooper .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Coronado .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike I. Davis .... grip (as Mikey Davis)
Joey Fantastico .... epk & behind the scenes
Joey Fantastico .... still photographer
Patrick Feller .... additional tableau photographer
Jared Free .... grip
Paul Gallo .... additional tableau photographer
Christopher Geukens .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lance Hashida .... digital imaging technician
Ryo Hata .... grip
Aaron Hobson .... tableau photographer (as Aaron 'Cinemasocial' Hobson)
Jacob Johnson .... additional tableau photographer
Roman Krajewski .... camera operator: "c" camera
Roman Krajewski .... gaffer
Anne Kristoff .... additional tableau photographer
Joshua D. Krohn .... storyboard artist
Kevin Lee .... digital imaging technician
Sean Lewis .... additional tableau photographer
Chris Luckhardt .... additional tableau photographer
Charles R. Mathews .... best boy grip
Nathan Meade .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Darius Norvallis .... additional tableau photographer
Jon Revelle .... additional tableau photographer
Mario Rodriguez .... grip
Lenka Somolova .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian Taylor .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tracy Tooch .... additional tableau photographer
Stephen Tringali .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher Walters .... gaffer
Vanessa Ward .... assistant camera
Jerry J. White III .... best boy electric
Andrew Wilsak .... digital imaging technician
Bobby Woo .... grip
Avihai Yaffe .... grip
Derek Cohen-Copeland .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Venus Kanani .... casting consultant
Mary Vernieu .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashley Altstadt .... assistant costume designer
Kelsey T. Morgan .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Quinn Alvarez .... second assistant editor
Owen Holdren .... digital intermediate colorist: Filmworks/FX
Nikolai Metin .... assistant editor: NY
Dan Shulman-Means .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Brian Jackson Harris .... epk: music supervisor
Sarah Haywood .... assistant score producer
Alexina Matisse .... co-music supervisor
Me&John .... composer: additional music (as Me and John)
Michael Turner .... co-music supervisor
 
Other crew
Michael J. Cohen .... production assistant
Leslie Coutterand .... understudy: Lindsay Lohan
Christian de Gallegos .... international distribution
Sirocco Dooley .... production assistant
Taylor Fance .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Jessica Garcia .... production assistant
Paul W. Hazen .... business and legal services
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Chris Ibanez .... production assistant
Jennifer Jones .... production assistant
Joshua D. Krohn .... production assistant (as Joshua Krohn)
Mark Plunkett .... title designer
Tye Whipple .... production assistant
Zach Witherspoon .... production assistant
Christopher Zimmer .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Jacqueline Bosnjak .... special thanks
Nicole Holland .... special thanks
Jeremy Riegel .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use
Runtime:
99 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:R (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Italy:T | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Philippines:R-16 | Singapore:R21 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jeremy Renner was offered the role of Reed.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ryan comes upon Cynthia stabbed to death in her apartment, the camera does a slow close-up pan across her "corpse" in which the actress's pulse is clearly visible in her neck.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Doctor Who" (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
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32 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Better Than I Expected... But That's Not Saying Much, 4 August 2013
Author: thefleece2 from United Kingdom

Release Date: 2nd August 2013 (US)

After starring briefly in two of the years worst films, Lindsay Lohan makes her full length return in Paul Schrader's "The Canyons". A film that documents just how crazy one individual can go, when he finds out about the secret love affair between his girlfriend and the lead on his film project.

With this being Lindsay Lohan's first full length appearance since the critically panned, "Labor Pains" released in 2009, there has been a lot of correspondence and speculation surrounding this indie flick.

Despite hearing some very mixed opinions, I have to say I wasn't particularly fazed by "The Canyons". The film is littered with problems, yet I never really had any trouble sitting through it. It is overdramatic and slightly ridiculous, but at times, that alone makes it a very compelling watch.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't enjoy the movie, but I didn't dislike it either. It's a very middle of the road experience. Well at least it was for me anyway.

The films production budget is very low. So don't go into it expecting some extravagant revenge-romance esque thriller, because that's not what it is. In a way, the films plot-line could be compared to that of a soap opera. It's not particularly exciting, but it is partially entertaining watching it unfold.

However, for such a low budget film ($250,000 to be precise), the film is actually rather attractive. It is very well lit and the various locations work with the direction that the film goes in. It's well cinematised, and in terms of shots, whilst it doesn't do anything original, there were times when I was watching the film amending some of the cinematography.

Now a lot of media outlets have compared to the film to porn. I don't necessarily agree with that statement. Sure there are specific body parts that are revealed on numerous occasions, but whilst there is an emphasis on sex, it's not as explicit as a lot of people have made it out to be.

The performances are average. Nobody really impressed me and whilst nobody is bad, some of the dialogue is very cheesy and repetitive, but of course that can only be blamed on the writers. Lindsay Lohan offers a solid turn as does real life porn star, James Deen, but nobody does anything that you're going to love or remember the next day. Everyone's very mediocre, and due to how ridiculous the film eventually becomes, the characters all end up becoming rather comical.

Whilst the film does lack in its key areas, along with the cinematography, one of the aspects I liked was the score. I will be the first to admit that it does sound very amateurish, but the electronic nature of it occasionally works, with what the movie is trying to present. That presentation being that shouldn't have affairs, especially if you're dating a complete an utter psychopath.

I have to admit The Canyons was lot of better than I expected it to be. I didn't necessarily enjoy it, but there were aspects to it that I liked. Perhaps I'm being too nice, but for a low budget production I didn't find it too bad. If you have a partial interest in seeing it, see it. But if you don't, then I wouldn't bother.

5/10

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