"Patchy as all hell, but a few great performances therein."
What do you get when you let one if the premier casting execs around finally direct his own flick? An ensemble piece filled to the brim with burgeoning talent working for food, and a story almost not worth trying to follow.A bunch of lives of different folks all meandering through a New York New Years Eve in the early 80's, finding their way to a party that might never happen.
Explaining all the stories in this flick would be silly. There's just too many, and they really don't matter. What does matter is the acting line-up on offer. This is basically a chance for them all to have a bit of fun, try to extend themselves with limited material and pay off a few favours to the director.
The run down:
Courtney Love - decent, again playing herself, but you can't imagine her doing Shakespeare, can you?
Paul Rudd - blossoming as an actor with every new flick he does. Courtney's off-sider and no let down.
Christina Ricci - as bad as you'd hope she could ever get. If she has worse than this role in her then she ought to quit. Abominable doesn't quite describe how bad she is, though it's not all her fault. She should never have been cast in such a gormless role.
Martha Plimpton - never realised before how many times she's been a good support player in other films. Here, she's grandiose. An actress and a half.
Dave Chapelle - Hilarious. His character was dumb as all hell, and a woeful attempt to tie everyone else together, but he was hilarious regardless.
Janeane Garofalo - Small part, big laughs. Should be the first person picked to play and female comedic role.
The Affleck Brothers - Ben = fucking funny. You can see he's having fun making an ass of himself, and you can see he's adding a lot of ad-libs to the mix. When Affleck is having fun and not trying to fit into the studio cookie-cutter, he's a pleasure to watch. Casey = trying hard. Not his fault. Not a great character. No chance to really bust out. Sorry, Case.Others - a mix of good, bad and horrific. This film was always going to be an excuse to get a lot of big names together and let them try to out-do each other, and the one thing it shows is that some actors can really act, and others are marketed *really* well despite their lack of talent.