Line Features is proving to be quite a little powerhouse
of independent/large name films. The latest, Hurlyburly,
follows through with their theme of "not for the masses,
but look who we got to star in it anyway!" films.
was a Off-Broadway sensation in the eighties. Though edited
down slightly for the screen, it is still a voyeurs dream; spying
on what real nasty little boys get up to late at night with
a little freedom, some weed, and a coupla grams. It's a kind
of Swimming with Sharks (another Spacey delight) but
there are four Buddy Akermans and we get to spend a couple
of years with them. They are not nice, but don't seem to care.
The conversations are fabulousand endless. Remember how
extroverted and insightful you got when you were riding that
"white train" of thought? Cocaine can make you so
concerned about the secrets of the universe and unraveling the
mysteries of life, when in reality you could barely tie your
shoes you were so high? Oh, those nights of endless circuitous
yammering, when you thought you absolutely could teach Einstein
a thing or two. Er...uh...so, I have heard tell.
(Fast Times at Ridgemont High) Penn is astoundingly believable.
Penn plays Eddie a motor-mouthed, self-absorbed sinisterly mustachioed,
wretched soul casting agent, who fears he cant feel love.
Sad really. But, writer David Rabe keeps him just gross enough
so you really can't feel bad for him. If this was Sandra Bullock,
the audience would have been crying every other scene "poor
kid" and "thats awful" and such. Eddie
even while oozing his soul, is thinking aboutoral sex.
Such a guy to the tenth power. Pay close attention to his verbal
diarrhea as it is quite funny and often riddled with borderline
intellectwell, cocaine style intellectfast and frenzied
(I clocked his jaw doin 90 mph).
(Does this Haircut Make my Face Look Big?) Spacey is
Eddies sauve "best friend" and business partner,
Mickey. He's quite a piece of work. One eye perpetually roaming
the tundra for his next conquest, the other plays nurse maid
to dear Eddie ,who has almost a spouse-like attachment to him.
The character of Mickey scared me. As rude and crass as he was
in privatehe was equally as sexual and jumpable in public
(note to self: beware of smooth taliking well dressed Spacey
like gents...nah). Be real, I'd do im in a nano second.
Yet another primo performance in the can by Mr. Spaceynot
that I'm biased either.
(Dick Tracy Character Faced Man) Palminteri is Phil. A violent,
delusional loser dude. We all know him. A dreamer without a
clue. Eddie keeps him around to feel superior in his little
fishbowl life. Chazz is another exceptional actor. Rent anything
with his nameyou'll like it. (Okay maybe not that
hideous Sly Stallone 'comedy' about the mob...can't think of
the name. Forgive Chazz. He really is tremendously talented)
He positively shines in this!
(Wax Lips) Shandling blew me away. His character, Arty, was
so Hollywood. Calm and slithering. Clueless to his immoral ways.
Shandling is a natural. He really held his own with Penn in
a particularly great confrontation through a glass table. (Kudos
to cinematographer Changwei Gu.) I really hope to see more of
the '"serious actor" Garry Shandling.
(I'm a Better Wife to Sean Than Madonna) Wright Penn as Darlene,
was authentic as Eddie's main squeeze and conquest of Mickey.
Ok, she sleeps with Eddie and Mickey; but if Mickey looked like
Spacey, who could resist? Who I ask ya? And besides,
its Hollywood. Nuff said?
(Great Hair) Ryan, finally sheds her Miss Nicey Nice demeanor.
Don't expect the usual apple pie performance here. She's a "friend"
of Eddies who comin by to play wit da boys...literally.
Now lets seeoral sex costs x amount, straight sex
is x amountbut whats the price of being thrown out
of a car? I never did see her get paid! I love Meg, and I'm
thrilled to see her depth.
(Still a Baby) Paquin is a scene stealer. Wow! She was
awesome as a runaway without the chance of even getting a menial
job. You quickly adjust to the fact she's just a lost soul and
Artie (Shandling) the peddling pedophile, who wants her to walk
his dogs, seems like an odd savior. Hey, its a couch in
Hollywood Hills or an LA sidewalk.
Will Robinson: Theres a guy singing at a funeral scene
(I wont tell you whose funeral) that makes you want to
lock and load.
is a lot of fun. No huge plot, just a chance to see one of the
finest conversational films made, performed by a few of the
finest actors in Hollywood. True HB would not have
been so intriguing if it were not for these stellar people.
But lucky for all of us IT WAS. Myr favorite line from the movie
and one I can really relate to: "Everything is distracting."
Excuse me...the phone's ringing...
recommendation: Week-old Hostess Sno-balls, curlded milk,
by: David Rabe
by: Anthony Drazen
Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri,