Floundering
Floundering (1994)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1994
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

All-too-aptly named.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Because the speechifying lacks the cutting comic edge that distinguishes good satire, Floundering too often blubbers when it should be viciously funny.

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

One of those "chatty slacker" flicks that actually delivers some interesting characters and worthwhile conversations.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This first feature by independent producer Peter McCarthy is fairly lightweight, but the cast and low-rent production credits have a certain charm.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie gets a lot of mileage out of a seemingly simple concept.

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Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

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Leonard Klady
Variety

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner

Floundering has floundered so thoroughly by the time of this catharsis that it, like everything else in the film, falls flat.

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