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A Slipping Down LifeEvie Decker, the odd-duck-turned-strange-swan played by Lili Taylor in the strenuously winsome drama A Slipping Down Life, is a classic Taylor type...A Slipping Down LifeRomance, DramaPT111MREvie Decker, the odd-duck-turned-strange-swan played by Lili Taylor in the strenuously winsome drama A Slipping Down Life, is a classic Taylor type...2004-05-12John HawkesIrma P. HallSara RueJohn Hawkes, Irma P. Hall, Sara RueLions Gate Films
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A Slipping Down Life

Genre: Romance, Drama; Starring: Guy Pearce, Lili Taylor, John Hawkes, Irma P. Hall, Sara Rue; Director: Toni Kalem; Author: Toni Kalem; Release Date Wide: 05/14/2004; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 111; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Evie Decker, the odd-duck-turned-strange-swan played by Lili Taylor in the strenuously winsome drama A Slipping Down Life, is a classic Taylor type. In the beginning, Evie shuffles meekly through one of those crummy amusement park jobs meant to represent America at its dead-end kitschiest. Then she becomes obsessed with a struggling rock musician (Guy Pearce), carves his name into her forehead, and the two nestle uneasily like two bruised peas in a pod. Taylor does that thing she does when she whispers as if she has just discovered speech; Pearce enjoys himself doing his own singing, and embracing grunge.

In her first film (shown at Sundance in 1999), writer-director Toni Kalem works from a 1970 novel by Anne Tyler, but adds so many tics and frills of indie aesthetic that it’s hard to see the swan for the feathers.

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