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Burning Palms (2010)

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A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

Director:

Christopher Landon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Chung ... Ginny
Rosamund Pike ... Dedra
Dylan McDermott ... Dennis Marx
Shannen Doherty ... Dr. Shelly
Zoe Saldana ... Sarah Cotton
Nick Stahl ... Robert Kane
Robert Hoffman ... Chad Bower
Paz Vega ... Blanca Juarez
Peter Macdissi ... Gerry
Anson Mount ... Tom
Emily Meade ... Chloe Marx
Lake Bell ... Mary Jane
Tiara McKinney Tiara McKinney ... Mahogany
Adriana Barraza ... Louisa Alvarez
Jake Austin Walker ... Trevor
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Storyline

In Santa Monica, a woman becomes alarmingly concerned over her fiancé's unnaturally close relationship with his teenage daughter. In Westwood, a sexual act turns into a psychological obsession for a young woman. In West Hollywood, a gay couple buys a young daughter and attempts to mold her to fit their lifestyle. In Holmby Hills, maladjusted kids and their equally maladjusted nanny play murderous games. In Sherman Oaks, a rape victim faces her violator. In these five stories, one thing is clear, everything is taken to extremes in California. Written by napierslogs

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Taglines:

Five Tales That Will F#%! You Up For Life

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Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence including a rape, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liepsnojančios palmes See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Films In Motion See more »
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Color
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El Gavila
Written by Martyn Laight
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Unbelievably funny, underrated and misunderstood !
2 January 2018 | by wimbuddingSee all my reviews

First of all, a lot of comments here made me laugh too: Overacting, bad acting? I guess some people don't realize the kind of acting fits perfectly in each story. A hysterical housekeeper, Stereotype gay men, and so on. In my opinion 'overacting' and 'bad acting' belongs in these scenes and stands as a house..

Some of the stories are predictable, but that didn't kill any of the fun for me. Even when some endings are kind of a given, the timing is that surprisingly good, it even takes some predictability away.

A lot of the dialogues are unbelievably funny and the cast is well chosen! Shannen Doherty (even how little her roles are), makes you forget all her bad acting in the past. The gay couple is hysterical and the scarry daughter in the first story is very credible!

If you like dark humour, with sharp dialogues, my humble advice would be: go watch this underrated, misunderstood and witty film!


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