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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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus