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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Front Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

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: V.D.? Who the fuck wants V.D.?
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Soundtracks

Who Is It?
Performed by Tone Kapone
Composed by Tone Kapone
(c) & (p) Tone Kapone, 1992
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More films should try to be like this!
28 January 2000 | by readamsSee all my reviews

FLOUNDERING has the kind of insight and genuinely profound and engaged thinking that most "serious" Hollywood films only wish they had. As a whole work, it goes a little astray when it gets caught up in the need to have a traditional "plot" - the last third isn't nearly as good as the first - but its honest humour and sensitivity far outweigh its shortcomings. The cameos work, especially Steve Buscemi's, and add to the movie's appeal. I bought this movie on video so I could watch it again and again, whenever I need to remember that films really CAN be thoughtful, creative and original.


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