A Slipping Down Life 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… A Slipping Down Life 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… 2004-05-14 R PT111M Drama Romance Guy Pearce Lili Taylor John Hawkes Irma P. Hall Sara Rue Lions Gate Films
Movie Review

A Slipping Down Life (2004)

MPAA Rating: R
Guy Pearce, Lili Taylor, ... | PEARCE'D HEART Taylor falls for hard for her Guy in ''Slipped Down Life''
PEARCE'D HEART Taylor falls for hard for her Guy in ''Slipped Down Life''
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: May 14, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 111 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance; With: Guy Pearce and Lili Taylor; 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.

Originally posted May 12, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints