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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.

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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 ... 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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,271
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Color
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Unrelentingly bad.
2 December 2011 | by nickapopolis87See all my reviews

I am not sure if this was meant to be ironic, subversive or surreal, but it failed on every level. Framed as stories in some demented comic book, it isn't presented as 'different' enough to be believable as a comic story. It comes off as racist, sexist and just generally unpleasant. The actions of the characters are so unbelievable and irrational as to drive me to distraction. The acting is just awful in most cases. It is supposed to be some comment on Los Angeles, yet it is just absurd. There was potential for this to be insightful, witty or interesting, yet that was all frittered away with shock value and the extreme unbelievability of the characters. And because it was presented in a normal world, this makes it all the frustrating. It was just unrelentingly bad.


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