Spun (2003) Jonas Akerlund's look at a circle of SoCal methamphetamine addicts is populated by young actors with one stunning performance behind them -- Schwartzman in Rushmore,…
Movie on DVD Review

Spun (2003)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 22, 2003; Rateds: R, Unrated; Genre: Drama; With: John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Jason Schwartzman and Mena Suvari; Distributor: New Market

Jonas Akerlund's look at a circle of SoCal methamphetamine addicts is populated by young actors with one stunning performance behind them -- Schwartzman in Rushmore, Mena Suvari in American Beauty, Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous -- who have yet to realize that early promise. As for a frenzied John Leguizamo... well, that just seems redundant. As is Spun, ultimately, which comes on the heels of The Salton Sea, a vastly more thoughtful rendering of the speed-freak milieu. EXTRAS Ironically, it's '80s wunderkind-gone-to-seed Mickey Rourke who steals what there is of a show, most hilariously in an alternate trailer and deleted scene, as an ersatz television chef instructing his viewers in the stove-top joys of cranking.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints