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Screenwriter/director James Merendino, and actors Matthew Lillard and Michael Goorjian
Rating:7.5/10 (2 votes) [
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Reviewed by commentary addict on January 9th, 2007
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Somewhat entertaining but not particularly incisive - I was definitely expecting more insights from director/writer James Merendino about this very thought-provoking and intelligent film. And though there are some nuggets about the structure of the film mirroring Stevo's character arc and a reveal about the movie's last line, mostly Merendino comes off somewhat disjointedly and nowhere near as thoughtful as the film he himself wrote and made.
What saves this particular commentary is the engaging verbal sparring of Matthew Lillard (who enters the commentary late 'cause he overslept - VERY PUNK) and Michael Goorjian (who has to leave early to catch a plane - NOT VERY PUNK). They spar with and complain to Merendino about the director's sometimes-unsafe, seat-of-the-pants filming technique, Lillard's mugging and each other's acting choices. That makes it worth a listen, but if you're looking for deeper insights into the film, you'll come away slightly disappointed.
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