Hurlyburly (1998)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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Hollywood movers and shakers dissect their own personal lives when everything seems to clash together.


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  • Garry Shandling in Hurlyburly (1998)
  • Sean Penn and Chazz Palminteri in Hurlyburly (1998)

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7 August 1999 | ween-3
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| solid direction-terrific ensemble cast
You liked "Glengarry Glen Ross"? You're gonna love THIS one. Kevin Spacey doing his patented "snide" riffs. Anna Paquin growing up and showing some range. Garry Shandling? Who knew? Meg Ryan finally playing something besides America's Sweetheart. Disturbingly funny in some sequences (particularly the Sean Penn-Chazz Palminteri duets) and laugh-out-loud vaudeville in others (the Spacey-Penn cell phone bit is an instant classic). The ensemble cast, with excellent direction, gets all the rhythms of the script. It may look a little over-the-top here and there but it seems to be a conscious choice by the director in this epic send-up of 80's Hollywood excess.

While it's readily apparent that no one is going to go home humming the tunes from this one, it's still a bit surprising that the film garnered no major nominations. Same deal as "Glengarry". Give 'em a great ensemble in a black comedy with no discernible "star", a solid script and inventive direction and be prepared for the icy shoulder at Oscar time. It's an unjust world we live in. This movie deserves a wider audience but owing to the subject matter, it probably won't get one. But I'll give it an 85, Dick. It's got a great beat and you can dance to it!

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,826 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$1,798,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,808,004

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