I understand that Charles Bukowski is a well respected author in literary circles (although Iíve never been a fan), but the celluloid transfer just doesnít work. In this case, the characters are not interesting at all and thereís nothing for the viewer to take interest in because all of the characters are unlikable at best. The main character was drinking his life away and yet we had no reason for his current status other than he was lazy. In order for an audience to root for or against a pathetic leading character, we need some sort of back-story to understand what weíre rooting for. In this case, I didnít care if any of the characters lived or died.
I will say that the performances were top-notch. Iím not the biggest Matt Dillon fan in the world, but he did well in this role. Marisa Tomei is far too good of an actress to be relegated to minute roles like this, but itís nice to see her back on the big screen. However, even the beautiful Ms. Tomei couldnít prevent this film from being a complete bore.
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