Mister Lonely After Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy , the director Harmony Korine evinces a kind of integrity — he tries never to entertain, and lo, he succeeds.… Mister Lonely After Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy , the director Harmony Korine evinces a kind of integrity — he tries never to entertain, and lo, he succeeds.… 2008-04-30 Unrated PT112M Comedy Drama Diego Luna Samantha Morton IFC Films
Movie Review

Mister Lonely (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, ... | CHARACTER FLAW Diego Luna and Samantha Morton play celebrity impersonators in Harmony Korine's real disappointing Mister Lonely
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CHARACTER FLAW Diego Luna and Samantha Morton play celebrity impersonators in Harmony Korine's real disappointing Mister Lonely
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Apr 30, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 112 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Diego Luna; Distributor: IFC Films

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

Originally posted Apr 30, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints