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Permanent Midnight

In this artist-as-addict comedy-drama set in LA, Ben Stiller plays TV and movie writer Jerry Stahl as represented in Stahl's autobiography. The character's fevered memories of how he nearly made it and nearly lost it are presented in flashback as he begins what may be his first healthy relationship—with a woman who picks him up while he's working the drive-through window at a burger franchise. The usual hallucination scenes and Hollywood parties and stereotypes are all here, including Elizabeth Hurley in the role of the fabulously attractive woman who puts up with the hero. Written and directed by David Veloz; with Maria Bello (1998).

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