Mucho macho. In Anthony Drazan’s screen adaptation of David Rabe’s stage play, Penn and Spacey are Hollywood casting agents who share chicks, a bachelor pad, and a lot of cocaine. Their torrential volleys of smack talk and philosophical speculation dramatize battles lost and won over the male soul. If you can stomach its thematic heavy-handedness and shrill misanthropy, Hurlyburly is at least an ace chance to see Penn and Spacey at their Methodological best and to see Meg Ryan — as a poignant, yummy good-time girl — actually act. B
Genre: Drama; Starring: Chazz Palminteri, Anna Paquin, Robin Wright, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Garry Shandling, Kevin Spacey; Director: Anthony Drazan; Author: David Rabe; Release Date Wide: 12/25/1998; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Fine Line Features
Posted June 25 1999 — 12:00 AM EDT
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