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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tara
... Christian
... Ryan (as Nolan Funk)
... Gina
... Cynthia
... Dr. Campbell
... Hoodie Guy
... Reed (as Chris Zeischegg)
... Randall
... Jon
... Erik (as Phil Pavel)
... Young Hot Girl (as Lily Labeau)
Thomas Trussell ... Young Hot Guy
... David
... Jaden
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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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It's not the hills.

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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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2 August 2013 (USA)  »

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Vale do Pecado  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,351, 4 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,494, 25 August 2013
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In the docu-series Lindsay (2014), Lindsay Lohan claimed that she did not end up promoting the film, specifically its Venice Film Festival screening, because it would have placed her in a situation that compromised her sobriety. See more »

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When Tara and Christian are by the pool, Tara's sunglasses are on her face whenever the camera faces her. But her sunglasses are on her head when the camera is behind her. See more »

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Jon: I'm going to Palm Springs this weekend and uh, well, why don't you come?
Ryan: Aren't you going with Billy?
Jon: No.
Ryan: You mean, me and Gina?
Jon: No. Just... huh... me and you.
Ryan: Well... Sure. Why not? But... why wait?
Jon: Exactly.
Ryan: Let's do it now.
Jon: Yeah?
Ryan: Yeah. Suck me off, right now. Right here. Now. In the office.
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References The Hunger Games (2012) See more »

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Coming Down
Written By Dee Dee
Performed By Dum Dum Girls
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Better Than I Expected... But That's Not Saying Much
4 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Release Date: 2nd August 2013 (US)

After starring briefly in two of the years worst films, Lindsay Lohan makes her full length return in Paul Schrader's "The Canyons". A film that documents just how crazy one individual can go, when he finds out about the secret love affair between his girlfriend and the lead on his film project.

With this being Lindsay Lohan's first full length appearance since the critically panned, "Labor Pains" released in 2009, there has been a lot of correspondence and speculation surrounding this indie flick.

Despite hearing some very mixed opinions, I have to say I wasn't particularly fazed by "The Canyons". The film is littered with problems, yet I never really had any trouble sitting through it. It is overdramatic and slightly ridiculous, but at times, that alone makes it a very compelling watch.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't enjoy the movie, but I didn't dislike it either. It's a very middle of the road experience. Well at least it was for me anyway.

The films production budget is very low. So don't go into it expecting some extravagant revenge-romance esque thriller, because that's not what it is. In a way, the films plot-line could be compared to that of a soap opera. It's not particularly exciting, but it is partially entertaining watching it unfold.

However, for such a low budget film ($250,000 to be precise), the film is actually rather attractive. It is very well lit and the various locations work with the direction that the film goes in. It's well cinematised, and in terms of shots, whilst it doesn't do anything original, there were times when I was watching the film amending some of the cinematography.

Now a lot of media outlets have compared to the film to porn. I don't necessarily agree with that statement. Sure there are specific body parts that are revealed on numerous occasions, but whilst there is an emphasis on sex, it's not as explicit as a lot of people have made it out to be.

The performances are average. Nobody really impressed me and whilst nobody is bad, some of the dialogue is very cheesy and repetitive, but of course that can only be blamed on the writers. Lindsay Lohan offers a solid turn as does real life porn star, James Deen, but nobody does anything that you're going to love or remember the next day. Everyone's very mediocre, and due to how ridiculous the film eventually becomes, the characters all end up becoming rather comical.

Whilst the film does lack in its key areas, along with the cinematography, one of the aspects I liked was the score. I will be the first to admit that it does sound very amateurish, but the electronic nature of it occasionally works, with what the movie is trying to present. That presentation being that shouldn't have affairs, especially if you're dating a complete an utter psychopath.

I have to admit The Canyons was lot of better than I expected it to be. I didn't necessarily enjoy it, but there were aspects to it that I liked. Perhaps I'm being too nice, but for a low budget production I didn't find it too bad. If you have a partial interest in seeing it, see it. But if you don't, then I wouldn't bother.

5/10

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