Timothy Linh Bui
Timothy Linh Bui
Jessica Biel (Rose-Johnny), Ray Liotta (Jack Doheny), Eddie Redmayne (Qwerty Doolittle), Kris Kristofferson (Randall), Lisa Kudrow (Sally), Patrick Swayze (Velvet Larry), Alejandro Romero (Lexus) and Forest Whitaker (Charlie).
The great thing that Timothy Linh Bui (writer/director) did with this film is that he embedded it with multiple stories. The first and most prominent story is the one for Jessica Biel’s charecter, Rose-Johny. She is a struggling single mother who is an exotic dancer and drug user. Another story is for Eddie Redmayne’s (Qwert Doolittle). He plays a lonely mortician who falls madly in loved with Jessica Biel’s Character. Forest Whitaker’s character, Charlie, is a depressed and suicidal ex-priest who has lost his wife. Kris Kristofferson plays a crime boss named Randall. Through out the movie he is attempting to convince a former employee, Ray Liotta’s character, of his not to seek out vengeance. Alejandro Romero plays the part of Lexus, a transsexual prostitute, who, through a chance meeting, forms a unique bone with Forest Whitaker’s Character. The last story through out the movie is the one of Ray Liotta’s Character, Jack Dohenny. He plays the dieing, estranged father of Jessica Biel’s character.
The movie starts out with Jack Dehenny, naked and on a beach staring off into the world. It quickly jumps to Charlie driving to his hotel room. This where we first see that he is suicidal and depressed. We also discover as to why when the movie shows a memory of his wife. Then enters Rose-Johnny who is frantically trying to call her son who is in the hospital while she is on a date. She is desperately trying to make the date work but is unsuccessful. It then cuts to Qwerty Doolittle just before he hits and injures the dog of Rose Johnny. He takes the dog home and bandages him up. Jack then meets with his former boss, Kris Kristofferson’s character, for the first time since he was released from prison. Now enters Lexus, played by Alejandro Romero. He is picked up by Charlie and offered money just so he will help him commit suicide.
Once each of the main characters have been introduced the story begins to unfold. It start out by establishing how each character becomes intertwined in the others life. It is sort of a play on the seven degrees of Kevin Bacon game. It slowly develops the different struggles that each character is going through and why they are going through it. Each character in the film plays an important role in one or more of the other characters.
Jack Dehenny (Ray Liotta) spent the last 25 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. He has been told that he is dying from cancer and doesn;t have much time left to live. Before he was in prison he worked for Randall (Kris Kristofferson), a crime boss, who gives him a briefcase full of money to pay for his time lost in prison. Through out the movie Jack is looking for and trying to be apart of his daughters, Rose-Johnny (Jessica Biel), life. He visits the strip club that she dances in several times working up the courage to talk to her and even stalks her during the day. He is doing all this while slowly dying through out the whole film. He struggles with his choices of whether he should tell his daughter who he is. When he finally does work up the courage to tell her she kicks him out of her life.
Rose-Johnny (Jessica Biel) is a mother to a boy who is in the hospital in a coma. She is also a stripper and drug addict who is looking for a way out of the life and a way to help her child. She finds out that her father is Jack Dehenny and freaks out after he tells her. She ends up forming a relationship with Qwerty Doolittle (Eddie redmayne) after he returns her dog that he hit and took care of.
Charlie (Forest Whitaker) is an ex-priest is suicidal and depressed because his wife died because he lost control of his car and wrecked. He spends his time trying to hire people to help him commit suicide. He picks up Lexus (Alejandro Romero) and offers her all is life saving so that she would end his life. He is struggling with his want to die and his religion.
Qwerty Doolittle is a lonely and struggling mortician. He spends his time in the film looking for someone and trying to maintain his business. It is evident that he struggles from an anxiety disorder when it comes to woman. He meets Rose-Johnny and quickly forms feelings for her. He begins to form a relationship with her and starts to fill the loneliness.
The interesting thing about the way the stories are told through out the movie are in both a non-linear but chronological order. The Writer is constantly moving forward in the film but he also is jumping from character to character in order to establish the full story of each of them.
I think that the film would not have worked as well as it did had the director not used this approach. Simply going from a to b would have left gaps in the stories. However, using only non-linear would not have left enough time to establish the full story. the chronological order in which the stories are told helps establish each character and the struggles that they are going through.
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