Directed By: Barbara Kopple
Written By: Stephen Gaghan and Jessica Kaplan
So a month or so ago I found myself watching the Academy Awards with Amber. Despite how big of a movie fan I am I have never had much interest in watching this ceremony and prefer to just read who wins when it is all said and done. Amber is a big fan of seeing it though and I was cool with watching it if it made her happy. However, all I took away from watching it was that Anne Hathaway has an incredible set of breasts. She wore a dress that displayed a significant amount of sideboob and it must have been a bit chilly in Hollywood that night because she was poking right through the front of that dress. Needless to say, her boobs left an impression on me and I spent the following day discussing it with other chauvinistic male co-workers. I have since had a hard time getting those lovely breasts out of my head and eventually came across this film and bought it without seeing it. Yes, I am a pig that bought a movie specifically to see Anne Hathaway’s boobs but is that really a bad thing? The woman has it going on and I must say that I think they were worth the purchase to see.
To my surprise this film offered a lot more than simply a few glances of a big star’s boobies. I genuinely thought it was a good movie and enjoyed seeing it. This is a story about some wankster rich kids who really think a lot of themselves until they find out just how privileged and fake they really are. I guess “until” isn’t really appropriate because the wankster boys continue to think they are badass even after being shamed by real gangsters. The shaming of them makes the girls start to think twice about them though and their fascination with bad boys leads them to take things farther with the real gangsters. This movie is about how foolish young people can be and about the dangers of simply letting privileged kids run wild with no real parental authority. The movie is dedicated to someone in the end and at first I thought this implied the story was loosely based on real life experiences. The dedication is not to anybody who had a similar experience though and is actually the writer of the film who died shortly before it was released.
The cast is the real strength of this movie and I think it’s interesting because this movie came out right before a few of them really took off. The biggest star of course is Anne Hathaway who gives a very compelling and provocative performance. I may have gotten this movie simply to see her boobs but I was literally blown away by her performance in general. She is a very talented actress and I think the sky is the limit for her. There is one scene in this movie in which my jaw dropped and I just literally could not believe what she was doing. If you have seen this movie you no doubt know what I am talking about but if you haven’t you will know what I mean when you see her on the couch. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also blew up shortly after this movie came out but I doubt his performance in the film had anything to do with it. He doesn’t play a bad part and in fact I think he did a great job but he is just playing such a pathetic character, one of the wankster kids who thinks he is bad. Another one of those kids was played by Channing Tatum, who Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of now. I happen to think this was probably one of the best roles he ever played. Specifically because I don’t know that he actually said anything in the film. Tatum may be a big star now but I maintain he is at his best when he says nothing at all because he is not a very good actor.
Bijou Phillips plays Hathaway’s main counterpart and ultimately the victim of the situation. I am not really familiar with her but she looked great in the movie and we get to see her boobs too as an added bonus. Mike Vogel played the top wankster who gets shamed by the real gangster played by Freddy Rodriguez. I only mention Vogel because he is playing a significant part in the upcoming TV series Under the Dome on CBS. I was a big fan of the book and look forward to the adaptation, although I know it will probably be disappointing. I like Rodriguez because he played the hero in one of my favorite movies, Planet Terror. Playing the part of Hathaway’s parents are Michael Biehn and Laura San Giacomo and I have always liked both of them very much. Giacomo’s part is too small in the movie to really mention but I have long since been a fan of Biehn since his many collaborations with James Cameron and he has a more significant role in the movie. Raymond Cruz is in the movie as well playing the type of role he has always been typecast to, a Latino gangster. His best role as such had to come in Breaking Bad when he played the hardcore drug dealer Tuco. He is listed as being in a couple of episodes when the show comes back on in August so keep an eye out for some Tuco flashbacks.
I really think this is a movie that all wankster wanna be kids should see. They can play Billy Badass all they want but they are only kidding themselves. When they finally grow up and look back on themselves at that age they will consider their behavior petty and stupid but more often than not by then it is too late. For the young privileged girls out there that want to be bad and push boundaries a film like this should come as a reality check. The world is a dangerous place, especially for curious girls who don’t know what they are getting themselves into. I also think this film should be a reality check for parents of teenagers as well. You can’t let things get this bad, and it is your responsibility to make efforts to know what your kids are getting into.
I think this is an interesting movie and enjoyed watching it. Aside from Anne Hathaway’s aggressive sexuality and willing nudity I thought there was plenty here that was worth seeing. I think it tells a compelling story about kids who go places they have no business being and suffer the consequences of their decisions. It’s a movie and story that I think we can all learn from and that is always worth your time. I have to say buying this movie was a win win for me, Anne Hathaway was totally worth it, and the movie was good to boot.