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If You Like Depressing Movies...
Dream With Fishes

By Ingmar Bergman's Depressed Cousin

If you can sit through one of David Arquette’s 1-800-CALL-ATT commercials without flipping the channel in disgust or if you liked him in Scream, Scream 2, or the "My God, Can You Believe I’m Married To Courtney Cox" issue of People magazine, then you will like him in Dream With The Fishes. He plays "Terry," the same type of weirdo that he always does. This character is just more depressed.

Brad Hunt plays a terminally ill drug addict (Nick) that wants to have one final hedonistic hurrah before dying. Hunt starts the movie very stiff and he’s not even dead yet. It doesn’t seem as though he knows the character very well, but by the third reel he has settled in and prepares for death, a sentiment you may share for the first half hour. Although Hunt & Arquette do a good job of playing their respective characters, they have as much chemistry together as the cast of FX’s "The X Show." As the movie begins, Terry is going to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Nick asks if he can watch, then tricks him out of it. Terry looks to get even, but ends up agreeing to help Nick go on one last binge if Nick promises to kill him at the end. Let the buddy/road movie begin.

Along the way, we meet Nick’s tattoo artist girlfriend, Liz, excellently played by Kathryn Erbe and his crazy, ex-stripper Aunt played by gravelly-voiced Cathy Moriarty. We also get to meet his estranged, dysfunctional father who can only communicate with Nick through a game of knuckle-punching. They rob a bank, engage in a little voyeurism and drop LSD at a carnival. If that isn’t enough to get you to rent this movie, I have just two words for you: NUDE BOWLING.

This is not a perfect movie. Aesthetically, the color was pretty bad, as was the lighting. At times, the story wanders and the direction is aimless. However, there is enough in this movie to warrant a renting (NUDE BOWLING). What I like most about this movie (besides NUDE BOWLING) is that it isn’t overly dramatic. It doesn’t try to make you cry buckets and it doesn’t make you think these two people are heroes who deserve our pity. What it does offer is a look at three of my favorite topics: Death, Dying and Suicide. Enjoy.

NEXT ISSUE: A look at the feel-good antics of Woody Allen’s Interiors.


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