Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tape (2001) R - 2½ Stars

I have to give this a 2½ Stars because Uma Thurman's in it and I thought the ending was decent but leading up to her arrival, well it's hard to sit through. The acting is good but the long dialog between the two so called friends is really drawn out leading up to the point of the movie. Even if you are an Uma Thurman fan, you don't get much of her till the end when she is the highlight. Filmed entirely in one location, in a small cheap motel room, which has it's challenges in itself, and low budget I guess you get what you can while trying to give that confined feel cozy.

Johnny (Robert Sean Leonard) and Vince (Ethan Hawke) have been friends since the days of high school. While Johnny has made something of his life by becoming an up and coming filmmaker and about to be featured in a film festival in Lansing, MI., Vince hasn't seemed to grown up much and sells drugs to make ends meet. The two meet up in Lansing, MI. where the boys are originally from.

Vince confronts Johnny over why he slept with his ex girlfriend. Rumor has it that Johnny rapped his ex girlfriend after she and Vince broke up. All he wants to know is why'd he do it. As old wounds get rehashed, the "ex" herself Amy (Uma Thurman), shows up to set things straight.

2001 - Tape - Venice International Film Festival - Special Mention

Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Stephen Belber
Producers: Alexis Alexanian, Gary Winick, Anne Walker-McBay
I viewed 12/08

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