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Powder Blue (2009)

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Four Los Angelenos, a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal ex-priest, and a stripper, are brought together on Christmas Eve by a mixture of circumstances.

Director:

Timothy Linh Bui
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Biel ... Rose-Johnny
Eddie Redmayne ... Qwerty Doolittle
Forest Whitaker ... Charlie
Ray Liotta ... Jack Doheny
Lisa Kudrow ... Sally
Patrick Swayze ... Velvet Larry
Kris Kristofferson ... Randall
Alejandro Romero Alejandro Romero ... Lexus
Sanaa Lathan ... Diana
Chandler Canterbury ... Billy
Jeffery A. Baker Jeffery A. Baker ... Slim (as Jeffrey Adam Baker)
Navid Negahban ... Doctor Brooks
Ravi Patel ... Sanjay
Billy Wirth ... David
Don Swayze ... Bouncer
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Storyline

Los Angelenos meet on Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy, and divine intervention. Velvet Larry is the sleazy owner of the strip club where the glamorous but struggling single mother Rose Johnny dances. Qwerty Doolittle is a shy young mortician who falls in love with her. Randall is the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince a former employee just released from prison not to seek vengeance on his former co-workers. Charlie is a suicidally depressed ex-priest. Lexus is a lonely transsexual prostitute who shares an unexpected bond with the former priest. Written by Anonymous

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Every life has a breaking point See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

A kék szoba See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Swayze's final feature film performance. See more »

Goofs

You can see Forest Whitaker's reflection in glass in the scene where he sits next to his wife on the bench, as if the shot has been taken through a neutral density filter in order to use a large aperture. See more »

Quotes

Qwerty Doolittle: In my profession, I see death every day. Some by accident, some by sickness, but some through despair. These are the ones I wish I could have helped.
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Connections

References Annie Hall (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride-Goldrush
Written by Alison Sudol & Aaron Zigman
Performed by A Fine Frenzy
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Under license from WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o itself and Ampstar Music (ASCAP) and Zigdog Music (BMI)
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A Disappointment
8 June 2009 | by jeepcj5guySee all my reviews

No doubt this movie had potential. The cast offers a handful of well-known actors, several of which are more than capable of good acting (Whitaker in particular is usually superb). Unfortunately, most of the well-known stars in this film only had bit parts. Kristofferson, Swayze and Kudrow each maybe have five lines of dialogue in the entire thing. There were several scenes in the movie, one in particular near the end, which simply had no business being in the film at all. Even worse, NONE of the characters' back stories were developed whatsoever, something which may have actually prevented the story from falling completely flat.

This film will obviously be compared to Crash and The Air I Breathe, as I've seen already in several other reviews. Just because a story is "gritty" and emotionally charged does not make it good or even entertaining. This film was plagued by the same issues as The Air I Breathe: mediocre writing, unnatural dialogue and virtually no character development. Crash was successful because it had character development, the story was poignant and somewhat believable, the film itself was artfully edited and the dialogue was well written and very well acted. As the audience, we need to be able to suspend our disbelief in order to accept a "strangers' lives intersecting" type of plot. I had no problem suspending disbelief in Crash. Not the case with Powder Blue.

Putting comparisons aside, was it the worst film I've ever seen? No. In fact, it was still considerably better than The Air I Breathe. The music and cinematography was actually above average. Liotta's character was disappointingly wooden (no surprise there). Whitaker probably did the best he could. Biel definitely offered a brave performance and appeared to really pour herself into her role, although seemed to lose momentum in the end. Bottom line: don't go into Powder Blue with too high expectations.


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