"Don't fear the pop-stars... it's well worth the trip."
Another fine movie that is nothing like its promos."Clay Pigeons" is being billed as a comedy. Why? I don't know. I guess because Janeane Garofalo is in it... so it must be funny. *Grunt* Don't get me wrong, it has funny parts, but so does every movie (except "Wayne's World"). I just don't think that "Clay Pigeons" had a level or amount of comedy in it to be a comedy. I'd call it a "psychological thriller." So, now that that's said, lets move on.
Joaquin Phoenix (Waa-keen Fee-nicks... for us fo-netik folks) (Clay) is small town mechanic who finds himself in the middle of a multiple-murder investigation, of murders he did not commit. I don't like to give things away, so that's all I'll say. I'm the reviewer you'll just have to trust.
All the characters were awesome! I put 50% of the credit to the actors, and 50% to the writer, Matthew L. Healy. His first writing credit, from what I can find. You love everybody you are supposed to love, and hate everybody you are supposed to hate. And Healy flips you back and forth on that for some characters.
I want to say that someone stole the show in the acting department, but I can't nail one down. You could say Vince Vaughn (Lester), but his character, the stranger in town, is too built to be the "hey look at me guy." But I will give him this: He was awesome in this role, and I'm watching him closely, because his life is just too damn good right now, and I want to see him fall. But I obsess... er... digress. Joaquin Phoenix, the protagonist, was no slouch either. You really feel bad for the bloke as his life was ripped apart. And how often do you feel bad for white trash? Other then feeling bad for yourself being white trash... which is the boat I'm in. And Janeane Garofalo (Dale Shelby), as always, is kick-ass good. She plays an FBI agent investigating the murders in town. And I think, she might be playing a character that isn't ugly. I don't know what Hollywood's thing is with all her characters being ugly or uncomfortable. If all ugly girls looked like her, paper bag companies would be going bankrupt world wide. I may even say that Georgina Cates did the best of them all. She plays Amanda, Clay's mistress that Clay wants no more. When I said that Healy can make you hate a character, this is the one where you just want to beat the screen.So, even though I believe this is being billed wrong, it's still a kick-ass story with some kick-ass performances.