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Running Time:
1 hour, 57 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some sexuality, nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A melodramatic yet stylish film with a fine performance by Selma Hayek, but once again Colin Farrell seems miscast.

Additional Info:
NO DVD extra Features

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Colin Farrell ("Alexander") plays a first-generation Italian writer wondering how he's going to spend his last nickel in 1930s Los Angeles. He's come to California with dreams of making it big as a writer, but the words aren't coming, and until he starts making some money, he's forced to live on stolen oranges and carefully eluding his landlady. He finally decides to waste his last nickel on a truly awful cup of coffee at a diner across the street. That's where he meets the Mexican waitress (Salma Hayek "Frida"). Both of them are immigrants who have each had their share of ethnic slurs thrown at them, but Farrell doesn't really see them as equals. His feelings for Hayek are intermixed with his sense of failure and romantic inadequacy.

Based on a 1939 novel by John Fante, writer/director Robert Towne ("Chinatown") doesn't shy away from the ugliness in his hero's character, which does make it somewhat moving when love finally comes along. The early scenes between Farrell and Hayek are the film's best moments, charged in equal parts with hostility and eroticism. But once the lovers take off for the coast, the film falls apart. While the movie evokes the period nicely, it's much too overwrought, unconvincing, plotless, and long.

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