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This film is the product of an unlikely pairing between novelist Elmore Leonard and maverick screenwriter-director Paul Schrader. Leonard usually writes Detroit-based crime novels; this time, Schrader transports one of Leonard's quirkier, non-crime books to an L.A. scene. Christopher Walken plays slick ex-preacher and musical promoter Bill Hill, who is trying to rescue his former church organist Virginia Worrell (Conchata Ferrell) from an abusive husband. He enlists a former Franciscan priest, a Brazilian named Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich) who now works as an alcohol rehabilitation counselor.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The experience of seeing the film is subduing; the movie plays in a muted key."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A disaster--and not the kind that's fun to watch, either."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A solid adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel, with a nice lead performance by Skeet Ulrich."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"Paul Schrader and comedy have probably never had more than a nodding acquaintance, and that's what they have in this tepid satire."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Pleasantly entertaining and intelligent, it does not create enough of a spiritual mystery to move the heart, but watching the characters droolingly circle one another has its own, more earthly rewards."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Although not destined for greatness, there are some appealing elements about this irreverent comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously; bizarre characters, off-the-wall concepts and absurdly funny lines."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The end result is an effort that starts to vanish from one's memory minutes after it concludes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I saw it as a plot searching for a director."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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