Hurlyburly Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for Hurlyburly the Movie

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Casting agents Eddie (Penn) and Mickey (Spacey) share a Hollywood apartment with out-of-work actor Phil (Palminteri). Eddie uses cocaine almost constantly, Phil has just been dumped by his wife, and Mickey (Spacey), although more low key, is himself ready to explode. They're all desperate to be huge "Hollywood" successes. Plot pretty much consists of the men venting their spleens and treating women like crap, particularly Bonnie (Ryan), a slutty exotic dancer traded between the boys. Snappy dialogue-happy script might have worked on the stage, but here, with the camera in close, the mean spirit becomes tiring very quickly. Paquin shows confidence in her first adult role, as a drifter girl-toy.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 122 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 1980s, Buddies, L.A., Adapted from a Play, Sex & Sexuality, Oldest Profession, Men
David Rabe
Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright Penn, Anna Paquin, Garry Shandling
Gu Changwei
Tony Drazan
David Baerwald

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