Southland Tales

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I only have disjointed thoughts:

  • In watching this movie, a quote from This Is Spinal Tap kept playing in my head: "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever."

  • It sounded as if it could have been good: the DVD box promised "an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles, as it stands on the brink of social, economic, and environmental disaster." Fun! And it was written and directed by the same guy that did Donnie Darko, which was kind of OK. But…

  • It's way too long; the IMDB has it at 145 minutes. And it seems even longer than that.

  • It marks the long-awaited reunion between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott, who last appeared together in The Rundown. But if you've got a choice, watch that instead, because that has Christopher Walken, and this doesn't.

  • It contains a lot of Saturday Night Live past and current cast members: Nora Dunn, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Lovitz, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler. Is that some sort of record? Wasn't Jane Curtin available? She would have been great in the Miranda Richardson role.

  • It is incomprehensible and incoherent, but there were a few (probably intentional) funny lines that I laughed at. "The fourth dimension will collapse upon itself, you stupid bitch."

  • That line, and others, were uttered with utter seriousness by The Rock. They should have an Oscar for "Best Performance by an Actor in Saying Ridiculous Lines With a Straight Face." He'd win. But that's probably not a good enough reason to watch the movie.

Last Modified 2012-10-12 7:48 AM EST