What's really great about this movie is the depth of the world Green's character Gordy lives in. Everything he comes across, including animals, becomes a toy of destruction and sickness. But the results are often hilarious. This film has no boundaries to speak of. It's like an Impressionist painting blown up to real-life.
There's many wonderful scenes, but the one that stands out for me takes place in a restaurant towards the center of the film. It's a wonderful jab at conformity and is executed with almost balletic precision.
Jason Patric is superb as a former boxer disqualified from the sport for life due to an incident in the ring (director James Foley uses RAGING BULL-esquire sequences to flesh out the back story) and the too-little-seen Rachel Ward also delivers a great performance. But Bruce Dern is the film's secret weapon: his sweet-talking grifter Uncle Bud subtly commands each of his scenes.
there's almost no comic relief in this film, so watch it prepared to be sucked into the void.
The digital effects, although over 11 years old as I write this, still look great, and the make-up, especially close to the end, is very inspired, and resembles a live-action Basil Wolverton cartoon. I am eagerly anticipating the DVD, as well as watching Alex Winter's follow-up film, FEVER.
This movie features some fascinating production and costume design, and the beach sets are very unique. The jokes often hit sour notes, but the enthusiasm is contagious. I mean, really, what's better than seeing Joan Collins portray a character named " Polyester Poontang"? If you ever come across this movie, give it a chance.
is essentially about Susannah York's character Penelope Ryan and the
men that dominate her life, including a phenomenal Rod Steiger as ultra-
macho big game hunter Harold. The story also occasionally jumps to
heaven (yes, really), where Wanda June, the victim of a drunk driving
incident, plays shuffleboard for all eternity. This excellent film has
sadly never been available on video or DVD. I've only seen it on a
bootleg DVD made from a TBS broadcast in the late 80's (with some of
the language censored).