Hurlyburly Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Anna Paquin

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David Rabe wrote the screenplay based on his own theater play, and the constricted settings of this film still resemble those of a play. The film offers a grimy portrait of Hollywood players and wanna-bes (mostly the latter), with Penn doing an over-the-top, confused paranoiac stuffed with cocaine, Spacey his coldly sarcastic housemate, and Palminteri an obsessed, short-tempered ex-con who wants to be an actor. The characters flamboyantly support and abuse one another, and except for a brief few scenes in a bar, most of the action takes place in a hilltop ranch house. Anna Paquin has a disturbing role as a teen runaway who nonchalantly trades her body for a place to stay; Robin Wright, Gary Shandling, and Meg Ryan have odd walk-on parts. This character-driven story in which not much happens but a lot of drug use and shouting, is exhilaratingly disturbing.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   californians Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   performer or comedian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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