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Brokedown Palace

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Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, ...

Brokedown Palace

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
performer:
Kate Beckinsale, Claire Danes, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bill Pullman
director:
Jonathan Kaplan
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D+

If anything, Brokedown Palace proves that the Unwitting Yanks Trapped in Foreign Prisons genre is even more tired than Danes’ ”So-Called” rebellious shtick. To wit, it’s strangely enjoyable to see her and Beckinsale busted on a bogus heroin-smuggling rap and thrown in the slammer with bad ‘dos and no makeup (like a ”Road Rules” mission gone awry) — the girls are so annoyingly innocent that they kinda deserve to be incarcerated. So does the usually dependable Bill Pullman, who, as a Bangkok-based ambulance chaser, fails to help acquit the brokedown plot.

Reel Goodies Rocker John Doe makes a heartfelt cameo appearance as Danes’ poor trucker dad. The Last Detail Producer Adam Fields based this fictional tale on the plight of American women serving long drug-running sentences in Thai prisons.

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