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Overall Rating
4.09

Awesome: 36.36%
Worth A Look45.45%
Average: 9.09%
Pretty Bad: 9.09%
Total Crap: 0%

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Night on Earth
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by the Grinch

"I wonder if DeNiro's segment was cut..."
4 stars

In the tradition of vignettes of yore (not to be confused with 'Outlaws of Gor'), Night on Earth cobbles together the sordid moments of a few people across the globe who have little in common except their "human condition" and the profession they share...

Probably the weakest part of Night on Earth is it's opening segment with Wynona Ryder. Couldn't Wynona have shoplifted some books on method-acting from a Barnes & Noble somewhere? I don't think Wynona could act her way through an orgasm, and I'm willing to take her up on that challenge! She mushmouths and mutters half her lines worse than Marlon Brando making out with Boomhauer from 'King of the Hill', all while talking out the side of her mouth like Kevin Neeland's Subliminal Man and doing her patented "Riot Grrl" act where she purses her lips in a permanent scowl and calls it "acting".

I just had to get that out of the way...Wynona sucks, and is one of the most overrated actors of this generation, but luckily she's the first hurdle of the film (the second being a cameo with Rosie Perez, who is a hurdle-whose-voice-makes-artificial-creamer-curdle in any movie), but what's left over is actually quite involving and entertaining. Beatrice Dalle is oddly alluring as a bat-blind French girl at odds with the abrasive questions of her ignorant Ivory Coast cab driver, played by Isaach De Bankolé. The interaction and dialog between the two is some of the best in the film, and Dalle's comebacks will have you rolling in the aisles like an artifical butter and hair-covered jujube (sorry if I conjured any thoughts of Ed Asner). Dalle should've gotten Wynona's role, while Wynona should've gotten the role of "fluffer" in the porn movie filming down the hall.

'Night on Earth' also features a segment with Roberto Begnini as an immature, obnoxious Italian cabbie (imagine that!) whose only late-night fare is a catholic priest from the vatican. Begnini begins to confess his rather, ahem, ODD sexual vices, and of course hilarity ensues.

Despite its weak opener with Iwanna Rideher, 'Night on Earth' will please both the patient and fans of character-driven arthouse cinema. I've not seen all of Jarmusch's films, but this movie is one that leads me to believe he's not a TOTAL hack, after having suffered through Neil Young's drunken guitar noodlings and Jarmusch's dull and uninspired direction in 1995's 'Dead Man'. And I apologize, Wynona, but JEEZUS, GET IT TOGETHER!

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originally posted: 07/07/02 13:19:03
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User Comments

8/08/10 PAUL SHORTT ENGAGING, EXHILIRATING AND WELL MADE 4 stars
3/02/05 tatum Begnini is hilarious, the rest is a mopey bore 2 stars
1/27/05 MyGreenBed Jarmusch is quite overrated, he did this before and better with Mystery Train. 2 stars
2/04/04 Agent Sands Extremely engrossing and well-made. Only problem is the music... 5 stars
1/17/04 John a stunning achievement - great film making and funny too 5 stars
9/23/03 Alan Helsinki and Paris awesome, New York humorous, Rome lame, Los Angeles boring. 3 stars
6/02/03 Jon Lyrik Goddamn hilarious. 5 stars
11/23/02 Buddha Just gets better and better and better as it goes. 5 stars
6/20/02 the Grinch Much better than the painful 'Dead Man'.... 4 stars
10/30/01 k-ribou great idea.great actors.great directing 5 stars
10/09/01 A Sun Awesome 5 stars
9/25/01 Ken Entertaining piece of fluff. Roberto Benigni is particularly funny in the Rome sequence. 4 stars
9/23/01 mleonard first sequence is awkward; film improves after 4 stars
9/12/01 Rutegar Dupree Jarmusch is a genius. Night On Earth is one of his best. Brilliant Tom Waits score . 5 stars
9/02/01 blicero spotty, cursed by it's episodic nature, did love the helsinki bit though 3 stars
6/14/01 Poxont Great Jarmusch Film. Quite a piece of art. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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