Hurlyburly | Chicago Reader

Hurlyburly

My idea of hell is to be stuck in a David Rabe play, but this stagy adaptation of one that's especially repulsive, glib, and misogynist (1998)—about pals adrift in the world of Hollywood hype, and running a full two hours—is made minimally bearable by its all-star cast: Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright Penn, and Anna Paquin. The endless male-bonding dialogues are directed (by Anthony Drazan) as if the woman trashing were good clean fun. At least Spacey has the wit to suggest the homoeroticism that hovers over the proceedings; everyone else seems bent on denying it.

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