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The Tenants
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05.15.2006 By: Quigles
The Tenants order
Director:
Danny Green

Actors:
Dylan McDermott
Snoop Dogg
Rose Byrne

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Cultures clash when two writers try to finish their books in an empty building.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For a movie reviewer, there are only a handful of things more annoying than a blatantly bad movie. For example, you could have a movie that is not only blatantly bad, but also really boring. Or you could have a film that thinks it's smart and meaningful, but just ends up being pretentious and pathetic. Or sometimes you get a movie that actually starts out promising, and then slowly destroys every single little positive thing about it. The straight-to-DVD effort THE TENANTS is all of those things, and the problems don't end there.

This movie is supposed to be set in the 70's, but it doesn't look it. The only reason it's obvious is because the issues at hand are so horribly dated and irrelevant in today's society. Not only that, but this movie actually makes most black people look like mean, awful people. Take Snoop Dogg for example - there is not a single redeeming quality about him. Him becoming friends with McDermott's character just feels out of place and ridiculous. What kind of moron befriends a guy who can't hold two minutes in a conversation without yelling and being a complete asshole, all the while talking about how white people are nothing but money grubbing Jews? I haven't even mentioned the book the character's working on - a piece called Kill Whitey, which revolves around a black guy who goes around killing white people. Fascinating. I especially love the subtlety in it all.

The second half of the movie goes even further downhill. An incredibly lame love triangle develops, and the movie transforms into a melodramatic soap opera. Talk about making a dull movie even worse. The only positive thing I can say about it is that some of the technical aspects are strong (most notably the cinematography), and rise above what you might expect from your normal straight-to-DVD affair. Other than that though, I got nothing out of this film. Unless you count the laughs I had concerning Snoop Dogg's performance.
THE EXTRAS
Nada... unless you count the 6 Previews for other movies.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This movie is a mess. Instead of being poignant and meaningful, it comes across as absurd and melodramatic. There is some nice cinematography and other strong technical aspects, but the film itself just comes across as boring and irrelevant.
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