Nicolas Cage is an artist who goes home to Louisiana to seduce his best buddy’s 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 other’s nude bodies and rub oil into each other’s butts. So that’s why none of my relationships have lasted over a year – I’m not rubbing oil into anyone’s 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 he’s doing corporate guy a favor by dragging him back into the shit while actually he’s 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 he’s 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 he’s in.
On the other side of the coin is the poon of the piece, Erika Anderson. As an actress, she’d make a good plant stand – 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 doesn’t 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 – that would be seeing Cage’s 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, it’s tough to figure out the reasoning behind Zandalee. Sure, it’s 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? It’s bafflingly slow, bafflingly strange and baffling bad.Okay, I watched it, I heard it… now what?