- Director: Ted Demme
- Based on the book by Bruce Porter
- Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Miguel Sandoval, Ethan Suplee, Ray Liotta, Max Perlich, Emma Roberts
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- Johnny Depp – Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
- Penelope Cruz – Pirates of the Caribbean On Strange Tides, Nine, Elegy, Todo sobre mi madre
- Franka Potente – The Bourne Identity, Spring Lola
- Rachel Griffiths – Six Feet Under, Ned Kelly, Very Annie Mary, Me Myself and I, Hilary and Jackie, Amy, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding
- Jordi Molla – Elizabeth the Golden Age
- Cliff Curtis – The Fountain, Whale Rider, Bringing Out the Dead, Once Were Warriors, The Piano
- Miguel Sandoval – Human Nature, Jurassic Park, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing, Sid and Nancy
- Ethan Suplee – The Fountain, Cold Mountain, American History X
- Ray Liotta – Battle in Seattle, Copland, Corinna Corinna, Field of Dreams, Nicky and Gino
- Max Perlich – The Darwin Awards, The Brave, Feeling Minnesota, Homicide Life on the Streets, Beautiful Girls, Georgia, Drugstore Cowboy
- Emma Roberts - Cranford, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Ladies in Lavender, The Shipping News, Hotel Marigold, Tea with Mussolini, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Brown, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Room with a View, Macbeth
- Why? JD
- Seen: Once before. Now: April 6, 2014
Why would anyone want to watch a bunch of kids, later old men, make lots of money selling drugs?
Well, in this case because there are a lot of good actors in this film.
But what is it about really? Just another entrepreneur? A poor young man misunderstood by society and betrayed by his mother? A grieving widower who buries his grief in his work? A man with a dream? A victim of bigger and badder guys than himself and his disloyal partners? A family man at heart? An unfortunate drug addict? A man who’s learned his lesson? Who’s learned that money isn’t everything? Who gets what he deserves?
All of the above. Rachel Griffiths is unbelievably good as the awful mother. JD shows his power as he convinces us that he’s a relatively innocent young teenage all the way through until he’s an old worn out sleaze in prison. All of the actors are first rate and the film is very well crafted.
But I just can’t care about this guy.
2 ½ * of 5