IFC Films
Owen Gleiberman
April 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mister Lonely

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
112 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/30/08
performer
Diego Luna, Samantha Morton
director
Harmony Korine
author
Harmony Korine
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a D

After Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, the director Harmony Korine evinces a kind of integrity — he tries never to entertain, and lo, he succeeds. In Mister Lonely, his latest grunge diddle, a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) lands at a colony of celebrity imitators that’s like an insane asylum for the Age of Fame. Samantha Morton pops up as ”Marilyn Monroe,” but none of the faux icons comes close to being a character. Instead, they are contrasted with a group of nuns who skydive without parachutes. Could this possibly be a metaphor for Korine’s filmmaking? It certainly goes splat. D

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