|Sign In | Shopping Cart | Subscribe to RSS Feed|
Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Directed by Anthony Drazan
Fine Line 12/98 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R - constant drug use, pervasive strong language, sexual material
Similar in spirit to The Company of Men and Friends and Neighbors, this acerbic film based on a 1984 play by David Rabe revolves around three women-hating men who are stewing in the juices of anger, disappointment, and resentment. Eddie (Sean Penn) and Mickey (Kevin Spacey) are casting directors who live together in a house in the Hollywood Hills. When he's not strung out on drugs, Eddie tries to muster some concern for the plight of his friend Phil (Chazz Palminteri), an out-of-work actor who's been dumped by his wife. Mickey, a cool and amoral operator, rankles Eddie by having a brief fling with his steady Darlene (Robin Wright Penn).
Hurlyburly depicts hedonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal, and emptiness. The men here are selfish and misogynistic; the women are all just self-destructive playthings. Bonnie (Meg Ryan), an exotic dancer, is thrown out of a moving car by Phil. And Donna (Anna Paquin) is a drifter who pays for her lodging at Eddie and Mickey's with sexual favors. Anthony Drazan directs this male-bashing drama that contains far too many senseless speeches.
Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases
Reviews and database copyright © 1970 – 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of: