The Low Life
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In this drama set in Los Angeles, a group of Yale graduates spend their days as mindless workers at a mundane job and their nights as mooching barflies who enjoy cutting down other patrons with their smart-mouth comments. The main character John loses his roommate and must move into the filthy apartment of Andy, a strange sort who collects and paints Nazi soldier figurines. John later gets a temporary job with a conniving slum lord. Following a failed romance, John suffers a "controlled mental breakdown."

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A modest but deeply felt film with a solid ensemble cast."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Preternaturally sleazy but strangely watchable."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"There's something beguiling about The Low Life."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"The movie belongs to Astin, who brings to the role of Andrew the same intense burning-eyed sincerity with which he imbued the title role of a football-obsessed Notre Dame student in Rudy."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Cochrane, Sedgwick and the always-cast- for-dopey LeGros are fine, but it's Astin that again shines, and it's primarily his performance that makes The Low Life an engaging sit."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Sean Astin's superbly moving performance nearly saves this flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hickenlooper shows these lonely, mediocre people for what they are but without ever condescending to them or nudging us to feel superior to them."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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