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Jack and His Friends (1992)

Jack is a middle aged, overweight shoe store owner with a secure upper middle class lifestyle, including a beautiful, demanding trophy wife. When Jack "runs into" Rosie and Louie, small ... See full summary »

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Bruce Ornstein

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Bruce Ornstein (story), Elle Kamihira (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Barry ... Pep
Alison Fraser ... Marianne
Allen Garfield ... Jack
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Tom
Marlon Hoffman ... Driver
Judy Reyes ... Rosie
Jeremy Roberts ... Paul
Sam Rockwell ... Louie
Barry Snider Barry Snider ... Sheriff Wylie
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Jack is a middle aged, overweight shoe store owner with a secure upper middle class lifestyle, including a beautiful, demanding trophy wife. When Jack "runs into" Rosie and Louie, small time criminals on the run from the law, they kidnap Jack in order to use his off-season, deserted vacation house as a temporary hideout. A thoroughly bizarre and surprising weekend unfolds, full of revelations and reassessments. Written by Liora P

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Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe, Hass und Impotenz See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Pretentious drivel - for hardcore Sam Rockwell fans only
11 March 2004 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

As others have stated, the only reason to see this is to catch one of Sam Rockwell's first major roles. This would be the first of many likable petty criminals Rockwell would go on to play. However, you'd have to be a hard core fan of his to sit through this movie.

I would not be surprised to learn that this dialog was initially intended for the stage. The problem is that despite trying so hard to be witty and original, it's actually all very old fashioned. It's very much 1960's absurd theater dialog of the kind Albee was writing, though with less, much less, wit.

Allan Garfield does what he can, but even giving his all, it still does not work. Judy Reyes performance, while not without some charm, is basically very amateurish. So, all that remains of interest is Sam Rockwell. In this early role, his strangely compelling screen persona is very much evident. So sharp is his talent, it overcomes this pretentious drivel.


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