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Fortunately as soon as we meet Linda, playing sassy and irascible youth Doris Mae, the whole thing picks up. She's got an easy likableness to her that pulls you right in. She also presents a nice mixture of inexperience and hard headedness that make her a very believable teen. Her desire to escape a small town life ultimately makes her growing affection for the mercurial Sheen a progression that feels organic instead of forced by the screenplay.
Martin, as the insane and possibly dangerous Leonard Hatch, basically gets to play Hamlet in an abbreviated form here. The role is clearly inspired by the Dane, and you can see Sheen attack it with the relish you'd imagine. It's a little too convenient how he seems to turn the crazy on and off depending on what is demanded at the time, but it's a small quibble.
Mostly what we have here is a tight little character study that feels as much like a play as it does a movie. Occasional distracting subplots take away from the enjoyment of the whole, but if you've got some time to kill it's well worth a look.
Audio: Dolby Digital