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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Keys To Tulsa (1997)

Despite coming from a wealthy background, a shiftless loser (Eric Stoltz) can barely hold on to a job and pay his bills. When his drug dealer pal (James Spader) concocts a dangerous plan to blackmail the son (Marco Perella) of a local millionaire (James Coburn), he wants no part of it but he finds himself suckered into it anyway. File this under "it seemed a good idea at the time". Based on the novel by Brian Fair Berkey, this ill thought out project tries to be dark and edgy but ends up an implausible mess. There isn't a single likable character in the whole movie and the actors all seem to be playing archetypes. Spader is channeling Elvis, Deborah Kara Unger seems to be doing Kathleen Turner, Michael Rooker apes William Bendix and Stoltz ... well, has there ever been a leading man so totally lacking in screen presence of any kind? Directed by Leslie Greif whose only other film is the Chevy Chase flop, FUNNY MONEY. With Mary Tyler Moore, ill used as Stoltz' selfish mother, Cameron Diaz, Joanna Going, Randy Graff and Peter Strauss.

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