Edmond | Chicago Reader


David Mamet and director Stuart Gordon, leading lights of Chicago theater in the 1970s and '80s, teamed up for this disappointing adaptation of Mamet's 1982 drama about a bored businessman's spiritual death and rebirth. William H. Macy plays the title character, a racist and homophobe who walks out on his wife, embarks on a late-night odyssey through Manhattan's underbelly, and finds fulfillment by embracing what he hates and fears. The play, a crisp one-act structured as a series of short sketches, loses credibility in the fluid and naturalistic medium of film, and Gordon's splatter-cinema touches are laughable. But Macy skillfully delivers Mamet's deadpan dialogue, with its absurdly verbose attempts to rationalize the chaos of life. With Rebecca Pidgeon, Julia Stiles, Bokeem Woodbine, and Joe Mantegna. R, 82 min.

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