Reviewed byIndustrialWaste (RustedNails@cfl.rr.com)Vote: 7/10/10
First off, let me start by saying that i am a fan of Ron Livingston,that is the only reason I decided to watch this movie after reading thereviews. I almost didn't watch it because of what people said about it.And it was pretty good. Especially for a low budget, and a directorialdebut.
The flow is a little off in some spots, i'll give the reviewers thatmuch, and there is one falling scene that is reminiscent of the oldvertigo film, but it doesn't really drag the film at all. My only gripeis that at times the dialog felt a little forced. Some of theconversations felt a little too scripted. Trying to be a QuintenTerrinino film, but with nothing to say.And everybody always had theperfect way to say it. But other than that I recommend that you givethis movie a shot, I give you 7 out of 10 odds that you'll enjoy it.
Reviewed byGigi WhiteVote: 6/10/10
I don't know what right-wing conservative is posting all these reviewsbut this movie is far tamer than some of the reviews would have youbelieve.
Yes, there is violence; mostly in the form of people shooting eachother. But even these scenes aren't terribly graphic and often alludedto. One scene, a person fires a gun - the next scene, another person isdead with a small red splatter so we all know where they've been shot.Done.
There is very little actual sex in the movie. Again, it is mostlyalluded to and it's consensual sex (or sexual contact) between adults.Although one of the threads of the movie involves one characterattempting to sell a 17 year old girl to a child pornographer, there isno child nudity or sex scenes involving children and no scenes ofviolence against children.
Another thread involves a Cuban woman who seeks revenge against the mento gang raped her as a child and left her for dead in a dumpster. Shedoes not go into the event in any graphic detail and the flash backscene is very brief and involves the camera pointing up to two fullydressed men looking down (presumably at the Cuban woman as a thenchild). This is as disturbing as the movie gets.
Ron Schneider is his usual likable, downtrodden, long-suffering selfand really adds the comic balance this movie needs. Jennifer Espositois not entirely convincing as the revenge seeking Cuban, Carlos.Michael Clarke Duncan is the loyal but mistreated boyfriend of Carlosand does a passable job. Ron Livingston is, as always, Mr. Everyman, aflawed but (aw shucks) pretty nice guy when ya get to know him. MissiPyle (Gigi the hooker) and Shannon Mathers (17 year old girl) lacksubtlety in their performances. The two blonde women are typical of theboring sort of wives you find on TV sitcoms - pretty but not really whyyou tune in.
The movie is sort of everywhere and no where and you don't really getto know what makes anyone tick. Many of the plot twists are prettypredictable and some things seem to be added for shock value and don'treally add to the story. Homosexuality seems to be a go to for thewriters to try and keep the audience engaged. The scene with RonLivingston in a gay bar seems to go on for a while and have no realpoint. Some of the writing is tired and clichéd i.e. "Money talks andbullshit walks." said with far more drama than a line like thatwarrants. The speech made at the end of the movie by the fatherstanding under the US flag was silly and contrived.
Ultimately, this is decent way to kill 90 minutes and you'll grow tolike most of the characters and forget them shortly after the movie isover.
Reviewed byClaudio CarvalhoVote: 4/10/10
The criminal Carlos (Jennifer Esposito) breaks out from prison and herpimp Felonious Spinks (Michael Clarke Duncan) drives the runaway car.Carlos seeks revenge against the criminal Henrique, who raped andintroduced her to prostitution.
The smalltime crook Johnny (Ron Livingston) is married with Jane(Cynthia Watros), but he is still fancy Olivia (Amanda Detmer) that isthe love of his life and will marry his best friend Bill (RobSchneider). Johnny organizes a bachelor party for Bill with theirfriend Phil (Eric Stonestreet) while Jane organizes a shower forOlivia.
Johnny's father is the pedophile Mr. Grand (Raymond J. Barry) thatsells abducted teenagers to Henrique. Mr. Grand has injured his wifewhen she asked for the divorce and now she is crippled. Johnny plots ascheme with the travesty Gigi LaRush (Missi Pyle) to separate Oliviafrom Bill and is negotiating fake passports with Carlos and Spinks. Butwhen Bill and Gigi are arrested by a police officer and Mr. Grandkidnaps Tammy Snow, the lives of these players are entwined with tragicconsequences.
"American Crude" is an unpleasant and unfunny tale about NorthAmerica's scumbags that have their lives entwined after a tragic event.There is pedophilia, travesty, betrayal, fellatio, robbery, murder,lesbianism and the genre is very confused, apparently a black comedy.Maybe with Guy Ritchie in the direction, "American Crude" might haveworked. But the debut of Craig Sheffer in a feature is awful since hedirects this movie with very "heavy hand" and the humor never works. Myvote is four.
Title (Brazil): "Escolhas Erradas" ("Wrong Choices")
The criminal Carlos breaks out from prison and her pimp Felonious Spinks drives the runaway car. Carlos seeks revenge against the criminal Henrique, who raped and introduced her to prostitution. The smalltime crook Johnny is married with Jane, but he is still fancy Olivia that is the love of his life and will marry his best friend Bill while Jane organizes a shower for Olivia. Johnny's father is the pedophile Mr. Grand that sells abducted teenagers to Henrique. Mr. Grand has injured his wife when she asked for the divorce and now she is crippled. Johnny plots a scheme with the travesty Gigi LaRush to separate Olivia from Bill and is negotiating fake passports with Carlos and Spinks. But when Bill and Gigi are arrested by a police officer and Mr. Grand kidnaps Tammy Snow, the lives of these players are entwined with tragic consequences.