(director/writer: Jesse Baget; screenwriter:
Stefania Moscato; cinematographer: Bill Otto;
editor: Jesse Baget; music: Jermaine
Stegall; cast: Gina Gershon (Lorna), Kelli Giddish
(Tiny), Val Kilmer (Dale), Wayne Duvall (P.I., Maurice
Doucette), Ray Liotta (Sheriff Cooley); Runtime: 91;
MPAA Rating: R; producer: Christine Holder;
Anchor Bay; 2012)
"Could be watchable because of Gina Gershon's mildly interesting manipulative and ruthless damsel-in-distress role."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Director, editor and writer Jesse Baget ("Cellmates"), co-writing with Stefania Moscato, helms this low-budget black comedy/thriller that turns on double-crosses and white trash lingo. Problems arise because the plot is too convoluted, too morally reprehensible and unconvincing. Also, the comedy is too strained and the cartoonish gore is off-putting. But the mostly disagreeable pic could be watchable because of Gina Gershon's mildly interesting manipulative and ruthless damsel-in-distress performance, that it makes the most of its redneck mobile home Texas setting to highlight the state's dubious gun culture and seems best suited for a late night cable watch when all the easy-to-please viewer wants is to take in quirky arch dialogue like "Butter my ass and call me a biscuit."
County, Texas trailer housewife Lorna (Gina
Gershon) knocks unfaithful hubby Dale (Val Kilmer)
cold with a frying pan and invites lounge waitress
best friend Tiny (Kelli Giddish) over to
confide that she knows hubby robbed a bank in the next
county of $100,000 and that he was about to skip town
without sharing the loot. After tying Dale up, the
vengeful girls grill Dale on where he hid the money
and Lorna threatens to shoot him with his own pistol
she's pointing at him if he doesn't talk. Accidentally
Lorna kills him, and Tiny agrees to help Lorna dispose
of the body for a half-share of the loot when found.
Meanwhile Sheriff Cooley (Ray Liotta)
sits outside Lorna's mobile home waiting to get a
search warrant and slimy private investigator (Wayne
Duvall), hired by Lorna to find out who hubby
is screwing, turns up undetected in her mobile house
and threatens the girls unless they tell him where the
stolen bank money is hidden.
more I think about this attempt at neo film noir and
all the unsympathetic characters, the more it leaves
me less than breathless. Though its production
values are professional, the film itself is clunky.
REVIEWED ON 8/21/2012 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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