Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Don McKay - DVD Review


Starring Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, Keith David, James Rebhorn, Pruitt Taylor Vince and M. Emmet Walsh.
Directed by Jake Goldberger.

This dark comedy/noir thriller Coen wannabe is about a small-time janitor named Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) who gets a letter from his old high-school girlfriend, so he decides to return to his hometown to see if there's something that can be rekindled. It doesn't take long for him to see something's not right with her, and it doesn't take much longer than that for a dead body to show up.

Now the characters aren't particularly fleshed out, but that's well-disguised by its cast, including Melissa Leo, whom I suddenly feel like I'm seeing everywhere. It really boils down to the last half-hour, when all the twists happen and everything starts to make a little more sense. As such, it's a neat screenplay exercise, and it's by no means painful to sit through, but it's underdeveloped and easy to forget.

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