Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor.Written by
The movie was going to be shot in 2004, with David Cronenberg and Julianne Moore already attached to the project, but the director wanted to shoot the film in Los Angeles and it was financially impossible. See more »
At the courtyard restaurant, the shadows formed by the retaining wall move around between shots. In Christina's shots it's clear the sun is over her left shoulder, with the wall in shadow and the shots completed, perhaps, in the morning. In Harriet's, the shadow of the railing is on the ground, it must be around noon. In Stafford's the wall is lit up, so maybe it's the afternoon. Everyone's going to know the truth now. See more »
Good acting but movie goes nowhere - what a crock !
The only reason I gave this film a 2 (instead of a 1) is because of the great acting by Moore, Wasikowska, Bird, Cusack, & Pattinson. But what a waste of time and energy. The movie is slick, but full of clichés. Bruce Wagner's screenplay has a couple of funny lines, but seems to go off on too many tangents. The film leaves one wondering whether it's supposed to be a sardonic comedy or a dramatic commentary on Hollywood. Now, if you work in the film industry, this film will undoubtedly make you chuckle more than once. I sat through the film, but kept glancing at my watch waiting to see whether it would go anywhere. Long, weird, tedious (even for David Cronenberg). Three people walked out of the cinema before the film's end, at that one showing. There are a lot of far more interesting films at Cannes this year. This unfortunately isn't one of them, IMHO.
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