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Sex, drugs, and new wave...Los Angeles in the early 1980s: a time of excess and decadence, and Bret Easton Ellis coadapts his own acclaimed novel for the screen.
Its multistrand narrative balances a vast array of characters, who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman and an amoral ex-con). Connecting his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis protagonists-a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs-and one another-with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of an abyss.
Gregor Jordan returns to Sundance (Two Hands and Buffalo Soldiers played at previous Festivals) with a glamorous and gritty exposť of a culture where too much was never enough. He presents both the seductive and repellent sides of a time when safe sex meant being on the pill.
A scathing descent into the morally bankrupt core beneath L.A.'s superficial beauty, it is both titillating and horrifying as it captures an era on the verge of an implosion whose effects we are still feeling today.
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Brandon Routh, Austin Nichols, Ashley Olsen, Jon Foster, Lou Pucci, Amber Heard, Chris Isaak, Diego Klattenhoff, Rhys Ifans
Directed by Gregor Jordan
Running Time - 1:38
Genre - Drama
Opened in Theaters - Friday, April 24th, 2009
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