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David Rabe's popular play of Hollywood immorality and decadence is brought to the big screen by director Anthony Drazan and an all-star cast that includes Sean Penn, Robin Wright-Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, and Anna Paquin. The film is set in the Hollywood Hills and tells the story of Eddie (Penn) a drinking-smoking-snorting-womanizing casting director and his philandering partner-roommate Mickey (Spacey). Along with their buddies Artie and Phil, they sit around and pontificate about the meaning of life -- that is, the meaning of their lives, of which… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rabe has streamlined the dialogue, sacrificing a lot of funny throwaway lines without lessening the script's burden on our patience."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Desperately seeking Mamet."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The trailer defines the term as 'tumultuous commotion, uproar,' and it could not more aptly describe this high-strung but virtually plotless film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It's amazing what you'll find if you're willing to look below the surface."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"This black alleged comedy wouldn't be funny at all if it weren't for Kevin Spacey's droll wit and silly bleach do. Sean Penn's self-indulgent performance and the unfocused script make sitting through Hurlyburly a chore."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"What may have worked on Broadway comes across on screen as pretentious and dull. ...neither funny nor revealing, just stuffy and longwinded."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Capsule Review"
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Talky film; but brilliant. Sean Penn is at his best."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Depicts hedeonism as a grim exercise in cynicism, betrayal and emptiness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"When the madness is all taking place in one room, as it does in the play, intensity is generated. When it's spread out across a variety of locations, the power of 'Hurlyburly' is quickly diluted..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Instead of unproductively pilloring the movie industry, Drazan and Rabe locate Hollywood as the site through which society can treat its conflicts and ideals"
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"This glib talk-fest is based on David Rabe's 1984 misanthropic play about friends caught in the web of Hollywood hype."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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