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Noted independent film producer Peter McCarthy made his writing and directing debut with this surreal comedy. John Boyz (James LeGros) is an aimless sad sack who is wandering Los Angeles in the wake of the 1992 riots. John is in an unclear state of mind; he can't find a job (and doesn't really want one), the IRS has confiscated his money, his girlfriend Jessica (Lisa Zane) is sleeping around, he can't figure out what the beautiful but mysterious Elle (Marzita Rivera) wants from him, his drug-addicted brother Jimmy (Ethan Hawke) needs 3,000 dollars for a detox program, and police… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All-too-aptly named."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"Because the speechifying lacks the cutting comic edge that distinguishes good satire, Floundering too often blubbers when it should be viciously funny."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"One of those "chatty slacker" flicks that actually delivers some interesting characters and worthwhile conversations."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"It's an engaging, occasionally hilarious story that occasionally seems as though someone had finally gotten hold of all that twentysomething malaise without intent to exploit."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The movie gets a lot of mileage out of a seemingly simple concept."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"For those who enjoy their comedy with an edge and don't mind the occasional preaching, there's a real winner to be found in Floundering."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"While the disjointed tale of contemporary alienation doesn't always connect the dots, it has a raw energy and sense of fun that's infectious."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Yet another quirky independent comedy about a disenfranchised white male urban slacker, Floundering is distinguished mainly by its left-leaning politics and numerous cameos by boho thespians and alternative rockers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Floundering has floundered so thoroughly by the time of this catharsis that it, like everything else in the film, falls flat."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, San Francisco Examiner
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