|Cast: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Harry Dean Stanton, Fernando Vargas, Olivia Wilde, Dominique Swain, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Solowitz, Alex Kingston, Lukas Haas, Shawn Hatosy, David Thornton, Alan Thicke, Janet Jones Gretzky|
Director(s): Nick Cassavetes
Genre: Crime / Gangster
Entertaining enough for what it is - a Boyz N Tha Hood wannabe featuring spoiled, white, rich California kids dealing drugs and getting into trouble over unpaid debts.
Big drawback - there are no likeable characters. Everyone's a jerk or a scuzbucket. It's a good cast wasted on a dumb movie. Apparently based on true events (to what accurate degree, I'm not sure), the best part of the film is the middle section, centering on one gang's kidnapping of an enemy's kid brother, and the realization that it was a stupid idea, despite the kid developing Stockholm Syndrome and basically partying hard with his captors. The rest is standard fare. And why make Bruce Willis (in a minimal role) wear another bad toupée? It just looks ridiculous. Sharon Stone (also in a minimal role) has a good scene at the end of the film (in a fat suit, no less), and there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role for Janet Jones Gretzky!
But it mostly centers on the young, privileged thugs who end every sentence with 'bitch', like they were all auditioning for the starring role in an Eminem biopic, and the peer pressure they succumb to, even against all logic ("Help me kidnap this guy, even though if caught, we could go away for life, bitch!" "Ok!")
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