Vince (Ethan Hawke), a small-time drug dealer, has returned to his hometown, Lansing, Michigan, where he has rented Room 19 in a shabby motel. He is visited by his old high school friend Jon (Robert Sean Leonard), a documentary filmmaker who happens to show his first film at the local festival. The two men remember the good old times until Vince brings up a conversation with Jon admitting a possible date (and maybe rape) of Vince’s high school girlfriend Amy. Vince has never forgiven Jon for something that may not have happened. Amy (Uma Thurman) shows up in the motel room and arguments start again. Whose story is true, whose is fabricated? Stephen Belber’s three-character, one-act play on screen is a journey through memory and delusion, fabricated truth and lies.
Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the twenty-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament. Born in Houston, TX, in 1960, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state’s capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut short film, 1987’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books. Three years later he released the sprawling… read more
Based on a three-character, one-act play, Tape is set entirely in Room 19 of a seedy motel in Lansing, Michigan rented by Vince, a ill-tempered, outgoing party animal/drug dealer who’s visited by his… read review
This movie is perfect. For me, it’s one of Linklater’s most vastly underrated films (or, at least, one of the ones most people haven’t seen), one that should be studied in terms of adaptation (and… read review