19 May 2014

A Slipping-Down Life

A Slipping-Down Life 1999
  • Director: Toni Kalem
  • Based on the novel by Anne Tyler
  • Cast: Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce, Irma P. Hall, John Hawkes, Veronica Cartwright, Marshall Bell, Shawnee Smith,  Sara Rue
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Lili Taylor  Public Enemies, Six Feet Under, High Fidelity, Ransom, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Addiction, Arizona Dream, Born on the Fourth of July
    • Guy Pearce – The King’s Speech, The Road, Factory Girl,
    • Irma P. Hall – Beloved, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    • John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone, The Miracle at St. Anna’s, The Perfect Storm
    • Veronica Cartwright  Six Feet Under, Alien
  • Why? Lili Taylor
  • Seen:  Once before. Now May 18, 2014 with Hal and YW in our read-novel-watch-film group
Now I’m confused.  I liked this film the first time, mainly because of Lili Taylor, and when I later discovered it was based on a novel by Anne Tyler I was happy.  I like her novels very much. But somehow I don’t like this one so much.  Her characters are always oddball misfits but warm and likeable.  In this novel Evie and Drum are definitely oddball misfits but not warm or likeable, they’re just kind of duds.
In the film, however, they are warm and likeable.  But not really believable. Granted, the whole premise is hardly believable – Evie carves rock singer Drum’s name in her forehead and they end up getting married, not your standard romantic comedy – but at times she’s too sweet and he’s too loving and the feel-good happy ending, while it makes me feel happy and good, is somewhat of a disappointment. So maybe the book was better after all.  Or maybe not.
I guess you’ll have to read the book and see the film yourself if you want to know.

3 * of 5

PS The music is good

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