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
DVD Release Date: January 30, 1998
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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.

Scott Weinberg

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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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Leonard Klady

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.

TV 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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