EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|LOCAL COLOR (director/writer: Mark Rappaport; cinematographer: Fred Murphy; editor: Mark Rappaport; cast: Jane Campbell (Andrea), Bob Herron (Fred), Dolores Kenan (Lil), Michael Burg (Alvin), Tom Bair (Andrew), Barry De Jasu (Brian), Randy Danson (Viv), Temmie Brodke (Debbie); Runtime: 116; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mark Rappaport; Planet Pictures; 1977)|
becomes a heavy slog just getting to know the names of the neurotic
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Mark Rappaport' ("Rock Hudson's Home Movies"/"From the
Journals of Jean Seberg"/"The
Scenic Route") failed indie attempt at a campy soap opera parody, with
an off-screen narrator telling how all of the eight screwed-up intertwining characters are searching for romance to pep up their
dispirited lives. Brutally overlong, heavy-handed and with a dry humor
that's obtuse and weird, it becomes a heavy slog just getting to know
the names of the neurotic characters. The indie absurdist comedy is
filled with sketches of various characters (gays, twins, a married
couple and a hostile family trio) interrelating with each other, in a
plotless film that seems to be taking forever to go nowhere. Its most
profound statement has an unlikable character (Michael Burg) telling his resentful teenage daughter (Temmie Brodke) and his sullen mistress (Dolores
Kenan) that "life isn't long
enough to insist on perfect relationships."
REVIEWED ON 5/25/2011 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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