There are two bright spots in this distasteful brew: Parker Posey as a
publicist and Steve Zahn updating his character from "That Thing You
Do." Otherwise this Richard Linklater latest addition to his twentysomething
musings can not come close to his "Slacker," "Dazed and Confuse"
or even "Before Sunrise." The reason has to be that Eric Bogosian
wrote this wandering tale. At first it looks like a bunch of losers are
going to wait for Godot, but he shows up as a former friend, now a rock
star. Then everyone gets jealous and nothing much continues to happen.
Yes, going from the teens to adulthood is difficult and the suburbs that
are supposed to be a good environment for kids are not as vibrant as the
city. Yes, there is a difference between thinking and doing. But there
is also a difference between a thinking movie and a pseudo intellectual
movie. Don't believe for an instant that watching supposed twenty year
olds standing around on a corner getting drunk makes for good film.
The only truly interesting moment comes from Sooze a performing artist who
screams "F--- Oliver Stone" as a part of her act. And that is
only interesting to those who know that writer Eric Bogosian worked with
Oliver Stone on "Talk Radio." You could wonder what happened
to give Bogosian that sort of rage, or you could just wonder why anyone
would sit through this. Rated R from Castle Rock.