'Hurlyburly' (1998) 100 Word Review

June 16, 2009 § 2 Comments

Score: 1 out of 5

What an utterly dire, misogynistic, self-indulgent piece of work. Spacey, Ryan and Penn are all very good actors, but the characters they’re playing are so detestable that you don’t care what happens to them. The dialogue, which is supposed to be ‘razer-sharp’ is just twaddle – pseudo-intellectual babble with no substance, which isn’t funny or interesting in the slightest. Not helping is the fact that it’s all based off a stage play, meaning that what you get are these endless diatribes between characters within static locales. The whole thing is sophomoric, at best, pretending that it’s making a statement.

If you’re watching this via LOVEFiLM’s streaming service, go watch Chopper, instead, for free. Bana is absolutely phenomenal and, as opposed to this, it is a dark comedy and it IS funny.

(130 words.)

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