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Palmetto

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Palmetto

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Gina Gershon, Woody Harrelson, Chloë Sevigny, Elisabeth Shue, Volker Schlondorff
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

A satisfyingly deceptive film noir featuring two unapologetic cheap-thrill vixens. The first is played by Elisabeth Shue, with a pop-eyed gaze and a grin that looks ready to bite. Chloe Sevigny is a long-stemmed baby temptress who revels in the power to reduce men to panting dogs. Explaining that they’re the wife and stepdaughter of a dying millionaire, Shue and Sevigny curl themselves around Woody Harrelson, as an ex-con seeking payback against destiny. The humor in Palmetto arises from the rawness of the hero’s desperation, the way that his hormones, and his hunger to make a buck, overwhelm what little good sense he has. B+

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