I always put this film with River's Edge and My Own Private Idaho. I love all three, and this one was the first I saw of them. What a surprise. I thought it would be awful, but it the performances won me over. It can be bland, but I never count that as being a huge reason to dislike a film.
The opening is perfect. The camerawork, Sean Penn's face, the melancholy music; he just drives around in his car, nothing else to do. And then he sees... Her.
3 brilliant minutes; capture perfectly what small town life must be like. But then the movie turns into a mediocre crime thriller.
Had not seen in a good while. Came across it last night on MGM HD right when I was calling it a night. One of those films that from the opening draws me in, and I end up having to watch all the way through. Good performances all around.