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Sugar Town

The frustrated characters in this persuasive stylized drama are either deep inside the LA music industry or hovering around its edges. There's a session player who's ambivalent about going on the road with a former girlfriend. There's his pregnant wife, his just-out-of-rehab brother, the members of an unsuccessful 90s band made up of former members of successful 80s bands, and one of their wives—an actress who's upset because she's been offered a role as Christina Ricci's mother. And there's one of their groupies, an aspiring musician who agrees to clean the actress's best friend's house mainly so she can steal stuff. None of the other characters is quite as conniving as the groupie, but most are ambitious or self-interested to a fault. As representations of life in the middle lane they're as reassuring as they are depressing. Cowritten and codirected by Allison Anders and Kurt Voss; with Jade Gordon, Ally Sheedy, Larry Klein, Rosanna Arquette, Beverly D'Angelo, John Doe, John Taylor, Michael Des Barres, and Martin Kemp.

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