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Floundering (1994)

In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »

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Peter McCarthy

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Jo Harvey Allen (additional dialogue), John Cusack (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Le Gros ... John (as James LeGros)
Shaka Shaka ... Shaman
Zander Schloss Zander Schloss ... Catatonic Man
John Cusack ... JC
Nina Siemaszko ... Gal
Jeremy Piven ... Guy
Dolores Deluce Dolores Deluce ... Breadstore Clerk (as Dolores Delucé)
Eddie Baytos Eddie Baytos ... Paper Thief
Maritza Rivera Maritza Rivera ... Elle
Yolanda García Yolanda García ... Yolanda (as Yolanda Garcia)
Ángel García Ángel García ... Pepe (as Angel Garcia)
Tom Cortese Tom Cortese ... Drug Dealer
Therman Statom Therman Statom ... Drug Buyer
Margaret McNally Margaret McNally ... Westsider
Anna Wacks Anna Wacks ... Westside Kid
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In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is trying to figure out what to do with his life. John can't be bothered with apathy, but no matter how much he wants to help people, he is too immobilized to do anything useful. Haunted by chronic insomnia and impending sense of doom, all he can do is watch, and John is an avid observer. Through his voyeuristic binoculars, he struggles to make sense of all the alienation and disaffection he sees in his neighborhood. In his journal he meticulously chronicles the mundane down to steadfast march of ants across his kitchen counter. John is desperately trying to keep one meaningless day from blending into next. He compulsively watches homemade videos of LA riots looking for a clue. But everywhere around him the city's social fabric is coming apart at the seams, and now it is John Boys's own threadbare ... Written by Strand releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality and drug use, and for some violence
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haltlos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Front Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At 80 minutes, at the motel, John tucks his revolver into his belt but less than a minute later, he again tucks his revolver into his belt. See more »

Quotes

John: I don't think a lot about the big picture. I'm a rationalist and I'm a romantic. That doesn't leave a lot of time for spiritual bullshit.
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Floundering
Performed by Stan Ridgway & Zander Schloss
Words & Music by Stan Ridgway
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Uneven, but interesting Gen X black comedy.
14 October 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Peter McCarthy writer/director of 'Floundering' had a hand in both 'Repo Man' and 'Tapeheads' and that may give you a little bit of an idea where this odd little movie is coming from, but not much. It really is very difficult to categorize. It's an almost stream of consciousness Gen X black comedy that often feels and looks like it's semi improvised. Several sequences completely fall flat, but then it'll bounce back with something genuinely original or inspired. James LeGros ('Drugstore Cowboy', 'Living In Oblivion') stars as a sensitive but confused slacker type who wrestles with his social conscience. The movie shows him going through a crisis period where his whole life falls apart. The movie features an impressive supporting cast of name actors (Buscemi, Cusack, Hawke, Billy Bob Thornton), musicians, weirdos and Alex Cox regulars Sy Richardson and Biff Yeager, even Cox himself appears in a brief cameo. The movies jumps between social realism and surrealism, quirky comedy and darker, more depressing material. It can often be quite frustrating to watch but it's still one of the most interesting and unusual indie movies to come out of the 1990s. Recommended for Alex Cox fans in particular, and fans of the offbeat in general.


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