Nicolas Cage is an artist who goes home to Louisiana to seduce his best buddyís wife (Erika Anderson). Which is nice of him. His buddy (Judge Reinhold) suspects nothing as Cage and his woman do everything from screw in the kitchen between courses of a meal, paint each otherís nude bodies and rub oil into each otherís butts. So thatís why none of my relationships have lasted over a year Ė Iím not rubbing oil into anyoneís butt!The essence of the story here is two friends, one that followed his dream and became a painter and one that ditched his poetry writing and joined the corporate drudge. Artist boy feels like heís doing corporate guy a favor by dragging him back into the shit while actually heís only destroying what his friend has built out of jealousy. That said; this is an ordinary movie, even with the copious nudity content it boasts.
Nic Cage is always at his worst when heís overacting. And this is Nic Cage overacting to a level not seen since Wild At Heart and Snake Eyes. With a long mane of greasy black hair and a soul patch goatee, Cage manages to nullify the effect of every scene heís in.
On the other side of the coin is the poon of the piece, Erika Anderson. As an actress, sheíd make a good plant stand Ė great to look at, mildly functional, but when you come right down to it, its just a big piece of wood. Rounding out the headliners, Judge Reinhold doesnít take the opportunity to make himself look good amongst these two underwhelmers, struggling mightily with the Louisiana accent and most of the humor in his dialogue.
A Steve Buscemi cameo gets things momentarily back on track, as does Joe Pantolioano playing a transvestite, but neither occupies the screen for long. As for the highlight of the film Ė that would be seeing Cageís bald spot in the last ten minutes when his hair gets wet. I'm guessing that's a shot he'd have removed if this film were made today.
In the end, itís tough to figure out the reasoning behind Zandalee. Sure, itís very erotic, but then what? And if all you wanted to make was an erotic movie, why bring in Judge Reinhold and Nic Cage when the same result could have been had with Judd Nelson and Kyle MacLachlan? Itís bafflingly slow, bafflingly strange and baffling bad.Okay, I watched it, I heard itÖ now what?