One can see why teen princess Anne Hathaway, looking to make the jump to more adult roles, was attracted to this obviously well-intentioned thriller (scripted by Stephen Gaghan and directed by Barbara Kopple) about bored SoCal teens slumming it in East L.A. Unfortunately the botched execution doomed this one to direct-to-video status (there’s just no way to depict upper-middle-class white kids talking “ghetto” without unintentional hilarity resulting). At least it’s better than Crash. As for Hathaway, she fares much better in this week’s Brokeback Mountain.
Sins of the Fleshapoids
Set a million years in the future, Mike Kuchar’s engaging slice of no-budget ’60s camp envisions a post-apocalyptic world where the human race has given up the pursuit of science for that of carnal pleasures—with all labor done by an army of enslaved robots. When an evolutionary quirk renders one of the “fleshapoids” capable of love (and lust), melodramatic fireworks ensue amid painted backdrops and thought-bubble speech. Sample dialogue: “If you leave me, I’ll kill myself.” “Is that a promise?” Also included are two shorter Kuchar brothers works, The Secret of Wendel Samson and The Craven Sluck.