Ira Robbins
September 20, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Low Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Rory Cochrane, Kyra Sedgwick
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

Like its protagonists, this morose Gen-X feature (which had a tiny theatrical release) is an exasperating underachiever, too content in its sulking frustration to get anywhere. Leading a strong cast through an anorexic script about white-collar underemployment, Dazed and Confused‘s Rory Cochrane plays John Martin, a would-be writer stuck doing menial temp work in Los Angeles. Although his inertia is sorely tested by a needy nerd roommate (Sean Astin) and a manic-depressive flirt (Kyra Sedgwick), John — and The Low Life — slouches along, caring little and saying even less. Ennui in a box. C+

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