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The Canyons (2013)

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When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

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Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Lohan ... Tara
James Deen ... Christian
Nolan Gerard Funk ... Ryan (as Nolan Funk)
Amanda Brooks ... Gina
Tenille Houston ... Cynthia
Gus Van Sant ... Dr. Campbell
Jarod Einsohn ... Hoodie Guy
Danny Wylde ... Reed (as Chris Zeischegg)
Victor of Aquitaine ... Randall
Jim Boeven ... Jon
Philip Pavel ... Erik (as Phil Pavel)
Lily LaBeau ... Young Hot Girl (as Lily Labeau)
Thomas Trussell Thomas Trussell ... Young Hot Guy
Alex Ashbaugh ... David
Chris Schellenger ... Jaden
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Storyline

Christian uses his family money to produce movies by day. He is about to start the production of a low-budget slasher flick in New Mexico starring Ryan, the handsome boyfriend of his assistant, the pretty Gina. But, unbeknownst to him, Tara was involved with Ryan a few years ago. Christian, meanwhile, is having a fling on the side with pretty Cynthia, a yoga instructor who used to take acting classes with Ryan.

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It's not the hills.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bret Easton Ellis had mentioned several times that he had James Deen in mind for Christian and when he, Braxton Pope and Deen met, Deen was promised a screen test. Paul Schrader was reluctant at first, because he thought it was unlikely he would cast him due to his background in porn. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene Ryan asks how long Christian and Tara have been seeing each other, the answer given by Gina is a year but when Ryan comes clean to Gina later in the movie he says he and Tara broke up three years ago when she started seeing Cristian. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay.
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film are available: a rated and "unrated director's cut". The unrated version features about a minute of additional footage edited from the rated version. A sex scene at the beginning of the film, which featured the characters of Tara, Christian, and Reid, had to have cuts made to meet the content standards of iTunes. Thus the shots of Reid indulging in masturbation had to go, since they were unsimulated, unlike the other sexual content shown in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Showreel: A Handful of Troggg (2013) See more »

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Coming Down
Written By Dee Dee
Performed By Dum Dum Girls
Courtesy Of Sub Pop Records
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The Greatest WTF Movie Ever Made
4 August 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Canyons (2013)

1/2 (out of 4)

Paul Schrader's latest deals with the rich Christian (James Deen) who's living in Los Angeles and seems to have it all until he learns that his girlfriend/sex partner (Lindsay Lohan) is having an affair with a man (Nolan Gerard Funk) who he hired in his latest movie. THE CANYONS is without question the greatest WTF movie in the history of cinema or at least to date. I say this because there was never a single second during this film where I understood what was going on or what director Schrader or screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis were trying to say or do. This film is without question a complete and utter mess and for the life of me I can't understand what the point of it was unless the only goal was to make it as cheap as they could and hope that the Lohan nude scenes would gain enough interest to make some money. Both Schrader and Ellis are so incredibly talented that it would be easy to make fun of this picture but I personally found it rather sad as neither man has found themselves involved with something this bad before and worse of all is the fact that the film makes no sense. It's meant to be some sort of twisted erotic thriller but there isn't a single thrill and the sex scenes aren't nearly as shocking as it appears the filmmakers think they are. Had this been made twenty-years ago then it might have been considered shocking but in today's day and age everything just comes across as pretty lame. Deen is fair in his first non-porn role but he certainly doesn't show enough here to warrant any future movies. The supporting players are all either bland or downright horrid and often times it seems like we're watching line rehearsals instead of an actual take. As for Lohan, well, sadly she once again is pretty bad. She just doesn't have any emotional depth here and even during her nude scenes she just looks incredibly uncomfortable and especially during a shower sequence. I'm sure this nudity is what's going to make most people check this thing out but it's really not worth it. The film also features a bad music score, some forgettable cinematography and worse of all is how deadly boring it is from start to finish. The dialogue is downright laughable and the overall feel is something cheaper and worse than what you'd expect to see on Cinemax at three in the morning. I guess the best thing I can say is that it's actually the best of the three movies Lohan has released in 2013.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,351, 4 August 2013

Gross USA:

$56,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$270,185
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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