By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated October 07, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Writer Michael Tolkin, who picked apart the morals of Hollywood so trenchantly in his novel-turned-script for Robert Altman’s The Player, bridges his two fields of fascination — cultural hipness and spiritual emptiness — in an unsettling, ambitious piece of work. Peter Weller and Judy Davis play a couple of dauntingly fashionable Angelenos who are miserable in the midst of their sterile plenty. The drawback: The characters project a brittle distance that keeps us from feeling a full spectrum of compassion for their stunted souls. B

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