Video Review

Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Uli Edel, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Stephen Lang; Distributor: Cinecom International

In movie theaters, Last Exit to Brooklyn was a jarring novelty — a bloody though beautifully filmed blur. On the video screen, the movie looks much more conventional — it's not far removed from the music videos playing on TV all day.

Based on the critically acclaimed 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., the movie wanders around the underbelly of Brooklyn during the post-World War II years, keeping tabs on a scrappy peroxide-blond hooker called Tralala (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a factory worker (Stephen Lang) who forsakes his wife for a young male hustler. Aficionados of fine acting will find Last Exit to Brooklyn worth renting for the complex performances of Lang and Leigh. But, with its vague and unresolved story and themes, the movie remains a blur — and on video, a smaller blur, at that. C

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints