Ty Burr
June 04, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Johnny Suede

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener
director
Tom DiCillo
genre
Romance

We gave it a D

Tom DiCillo’s vapid midnight special, Johnny Suede, perches self-consciously between David Lynch’s Eraserhead (same industrial landscape, same mile-high hairdo on the hero) and the twangy retrokitsch of Jim Jarmusch (on whose films DiCillo has served as a cameraman). Pitt wanly plays the title character — a rock & roll naif who aspires to be like Ricky Nelson — almost upstaged by surprise-value supporting actors liek 60’s artifact Tina Louise and cult rocker Nick Cave. Too bad DiCillo’s imagination stopped at the casting stage. D

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