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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Spun

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Rated: R
RunTime: 101 Minutes
Release Date: March 2003
Genres: Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy, Alexis Arquette, Deborah Harry, Eric Roberts

Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

SPUN's most indelible visual is that of Mickey Rourke (9 1/2 WEEKS) standing in front of a wall-size American flag in a porn store. As the national anthem plays, he crudely lectures us on his sexual preferences. This is one of many drug-induced hallucinations in SPUN, certainly one of the most annoying films of the year. Another has Ross (Jason Schwartzman), the story's lead character, seeing himself as a Jesus-like figure being nailed to the cross. When you are doing non-stop heavy drugs, as they do in SPUN, your brain can imagine anything. And while we are covering some of the more obnoxious moments in SPUN, let us not forget the view from the inside of a toilet bowl of Mena Suvari (AMERICAN BEAUTY) defecating.

In a movie in which druggies appear to be competing for the title of the most loathsome character, it's hard to pick a winner. With teeth that appear to have been eating dirt, Suvari's Cookie is pretty disgusting. As Frisbee, Patrick Fugit (ALMOST FAMOUS) has so many king-size zits that he looks like he has smallpox. Spider Mike (John Leguizamo) is an over-tattooed drug dealer who bounces around the room like unrestrained popcorn. Even the cops snort speed before they engage in drug busts. Only Brittany Murphy (8 MILE), since she plays her usual tart character, is disqualified for the most loathsome title.

You probably won't be surprised to learn of the sole claim to fame of Jonas ¸kerlund, the film's director. He once did a music video for Madonna. She deserves him.

SPUN runs 1:41. It is not rated but would be NC-17 for pervasive drug content, strong sexuality including bondage, nudity, language and violence and would be acceptable for college students and older.

Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes

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