Really awful film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' already pretty mediocre book. The capable cast just looks bored as they sleepwalk through inane attempts at deep and profound social commentary. What should be played satirically comes across stone-cold sober, making this a dull, lifeless dud.
Have always been a fan on this film, but very recently decided that it's more misunderstood and essential than what I originally thought. Bret Easton Ellis' film adaptations have always predated the 2010s decade's obsession with hedonistic and pampered Americans - but this film was the closest to a prologue. Ebert said it best "it's a two-act narrative about empty lives without hope". He nailed it. Underrated.
First time I watched this, I remembered not particular liking it. Understandable. It's a tough movie and very distant from the life that most people live. Second time around... I had a much different experience. I love the subtle acting of most of the cast. They don't scream out their emotions, but if you listen carefully. They do scream.
Amber Heard joked on Top Gear recently that the only reason to see this movie was her frequent nudity. Sadly, she's not wrong - this was a TERRIBLE movie! Vacant, cold and entirely superficial, and while it's just half the length of Short Cuts - a central inspiration for director Gregor Jordan - it felt like twice the length of Altman's masterpiece. A glacial bore of a film.