Troy Patterson
June 25, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hurlyburly

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
12/25/98
performer
Chazz Palminteri, Anna Paquin, Robin Wright, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Garry Shandling, Kevin Spacey
director
Anthony Drazan
distributor
Fine Line Features
author
David Rabe
genre
Drama
We gave it a B

Mucho macho. In Anthony Drazan’s screen adaptation of David Rabe’s stage play, Penn and Spacey are Hollywood casting agents who share chicks, a bachelor pad, and a lot of cocaine. Their torrential volleys of smack talk and philosophical speculation dramatize battles lost and won over the male soul. If you can stomach its thematic heavy-handedness and shrill misanthropy, Hurlyburly is at least an ace chance to see Penn and Spacey at their Methodological best and to see Meg Ryan — as a poignant, yummy good-time girl — actually act. B

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