By Nick Pinkerton
It is a safe bet that 30 Beats, which was filmed in summer of 2009 and boasts a distinctly mid-90s funky, sex-positive vibe, is seeing a release because of the elevated profile of Paz de la Huerta, one of the film's ensemble cast, who has achieved a measure of stardom on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Even more certain is the reason it was shelved in the first place: It is absolutely terrible. Set in New York City during sweltering summertime, 30 Beats is structured around a roundelay of sexual liaisons. A couple meets and parts, one is followed to his or her next encounter, after which the new partner is followed to his or her own next encounter, and so on. The inspiration is La Ronde, a fin de siècle play by the Viennese author Arthur Schnitzler. What was for Schnitzler an opportunity to explore the hypocritical sexual mores of his Vienna, with lovers cutting across boundaries of class, is for writer-director Alexis Lloyd an opportunity to string together a series of unfunny skits centered on inconsequential sex, starring de la Huerta, an extremely foggy Jennifer Tilly, Lee Pace, and dozens of others who thought their résumés were safe.
Alexis Lloyd Jennifer Tilly, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Paz de la Huerta, Lee Pace, Justin Kirk, Vahina Giocante, Condola Rashad, Jason Day, Ben Levin, Thomas Sadoski Alexis Lloyd Molly Conners, Carl Kwaku Ford, Alexis Lloyd Roadside Attractions

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