Long Island’s Babylon-by-the-sea rep gets a good burnishing in first-time director Michael Cuesta’s coming-of-age tale. Pedophilia, incest, grand larceny, and corporate malfeasance surround 15-year-old Howie Blitzer (Paul Dano), who, following his mother’s death in a traffic accident on the film’s eponymous expressway, embarks on a shambling journey of self-discovery complicated by the creepily ambiguous advances of an eccentric retired Marine (the excellent Brian Cox). Though Cuesta mounts an admirable contribution to the suburban-dystopia genre, Todd Solondz (”Happiness”) doesn’t have anything to worry about yet.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Brian Cox, Paul Dano, Billy Kay; Director: Michael Cuesta; Author: Gerald Cuesta, Michael Cuesta, Stephen M. Ryder; Release Date Limited: 09/07/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 108; Distributor: Lot 47 Films
Posted May 24 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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