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At Theaters: 12/25/1998 On Video: 6/22/1999
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 2 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129817
Studio: Fine Line Features
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Welcome to Eddie's world. It exists at the very juncture where Hollywood meets the mountains. Here, Eddie and his three best friends engage in a wild life of witty repartee and snappy come-backs, of ex-wives and future lovers, of hard partying and late nights. of sex, lies and self-obsession.

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Comedy (Dark) - Hurlyburly is a dark character drama based on a stage play. Fans of dialogue- and character-driven stories will enjoy this film most, as will fans of the exceptional cast (Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan). Viewers who want lighter material will find the subject matter too heavy, with a great deal of drug use, sexual content and violence. Primarily a showcase for great performances and great writing.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sean Penn (She's So Lovely)
Kevin Spacey (The Negotiator)
Robin Wright Penn (She So Lovely)
Dir/Prod: Anthony Drazan (Imaginary Crimes)
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About The Production
The Male Characters
The Female Characters
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PROFANITY: Extremely strong and frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Explicit sexual situations
VIOLENCE: Fights between characters
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Extremely frequent drug and alcohol use
ACTION: A couple of car scenes
COMEDY: A few ironic one-liners
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Very Good
It's always in fashion to take a stab at the shallow white underbelly of Tinseltowners, but HURLYBURLY -- adapted by David Rabe from his play -- offers more than cheap shot industry-bashing. It's the story of a second tier Hollywood player (Sean Penn) who's just a bit too emotional to be be callous, and finds himself tempermentally incompatible with virtually all the people around him. Penn's performance stays just this side of overboard, finding the compelling edginess of a man searching for his soul. Opened up for the screen with effective style, HURLYBURLY is talky, but the talk is never cheap. Hollywood's shallow white underbelly has rarely run this deep.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 44 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
7
High
86%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Low
33%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
Low
50%
30+Adults (M)
15
Low
53%
30+Adults (F)
15
Low
33%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Eddie (Penn) is a high-powered casting director in a tail-spin, searching for even a crumb of meaning in the hollow expanse of his existence. He lives in a posh Hollywood condo with his smugly charming business partner Mickey (Spacey), who is "taking a break" from his wife and kids. Often they are joined in their mission for good times and perfect one-liners by two close friends: the smooth Hollywood player Artie (Shandling) and the brutish but yearning would-be actor Phil (Palminteri).

Into this exclusive all-male club come three equally adrift women from three very different walks of life. First there's Darlene (Wright Penn). a cool. beautiful fast-laner herself, who two-times with both Eddie and Mickey. Then there's Donna (Paquin), an underage, runaway, waif whom Artie gives to his friends as a ''care package." Finally, there's Bonnie (Ryan). the sweet but stepped-upon exotic dancer whose unfortunate run-in with Phil sets off an unexpected chain of events.

Eddie and his friends continue their entertaining and manic pursuit of sensation--until a series of encounters with destiny, decadence and even death convinces Eddie to plunge beneath the surface . . . and discover his soul.

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