Another Day in Paradise (1998) - Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hohum Score

29

Watchable

In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Larry Clark
Stars: James Woods, Melanie Griffith
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 78 found boring (12.82%)

One-line Reviews (39)

The Reverend character was pointless though, and his introductory scene is just an unnatural way of getting the guns in the main characters' hands.

The moral ambiguity of those living on the edge of society explored by the book is turned into a trite movie of the week.

The story is slower than molasses in January.

I looked forward to seeing this because it starred James Woods , an actor who`s as underrated as he is impressive ( Check out his performance in ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA where he outshines De Niro , and this was when De Niro was still an acting god ) and who`s always been great at playing intense anti-heroes .

It's an absorbing tale.

Absolutely stunning this is.

These people in this film are beautiful, self-indulgent, drug-addled narcissistic losers.

An orgy of gratuitous and pointless wantonness, the only possible dramatic redemption comes from a thin story layer which tells of the quasi-family relationship materializing between the older and younger druggie couples.

Is anyone else getting sick of these predictable indie films that bring nothing original to the crime genre?

Its also very realistic, and entertaining to watch from start to finish.

Contrived ".

It takes the predictable downward spiral with little in the way of interest or originality.

It is an intense look at doomed people existing in a world of drugs, crime, no vision beyond their noses, and little self-restraint.

Every line of dialogue feels natural coming from each character's mouth, so the writing is very consistent, and the conversations that occur throughout the film are snappy and amusing for the most part.

She has a nicer role to play in the movie, which is more difficult for an actor, and usually more boring, too.

This movie was not a best picture nominee by any stretch, but was exciting, thought provoking and intense.

Meanwhile you can take a little nap as you bear through the dialogue which is about as riveting as an episode of Sesame Street.

Another dreary movie about drug abusers and the trouble they get into.

Woods is simply sensational as the motor mouth Mel, a complex and unpredictable character.

Starring James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi, Salvador) and Griffith (Working Girl), and supported by Vincent Kartheiser (Alaska) and Natasha Gregson Wagner (Vampires: Los Muertos), this film was enjoyable and captivating to see the two youngsters sucked into a world of pain.

The camera work was intended to be shaky - it adds to the confusion of the characters involved in a world they really don't understand.

Little did I know it was going to be as compelling as it is.

Turns out to be a rather satisfying experience with great acting (Melanie Griffith has to be mentioned) and gripping moments.

"Another Day in Paradise" is another pointless flick about crime, drugs, and people headed for the dumpster.

James Woods is an intense Actor and Larry Clark is an intense Director.

Contrary to what other reviews said, i didnt think it was slow at all.

The few scenes of Dogma style shooting, become little more than confusing.

This is quite literally the worst movie adaptation in history.

An okay flick but pointless.

As entertaining as it is at some points, mostly it is depressing to know that there are real people out there like the characters in this movie.

And that seemed to be the case here with a pointless story about an older junkie/criminal couple who takes a younger (soon-to-be) junkie/criminal with them as apprentices-of-sorts.

This isn't as bad as his other films in terms of what is shown, so I guess one could call it his most accessible film, and most are likely to think it's his most entertaining effort.

Nonetheless, Woods, Griffith, and Kartheiser provide emotionally intense and complex performances.

This is an underrated Film that holds up fine and is a disturbing but engrossing look-see at those other People that inhabit the underbelly of our Streets.

This movie, an incomprehensible hash of bored, "shocking" casual drugs-and-sex-and-violence and limp criminals-as-surrogate-family themes carelessly thrown Pollock-style across the screen, almost nudges "The Daytrippers" and (the worst offender) "Blue in the Face" as the most irritating example of shameful, self-indulgent cinematic improv.

I thought this was a very enjoyable movie, with good acting all around, including the two kids, Kartheiser and Gregson Wagner.

If not Clark's dizzying, completely fascinating style, the film needs to be seen for a terrifically over-the-top performance by James Woods, effectively stealing nearly every scene he finds himself in.

There are some dazzling camera effects, testimony to Clark's photographer's eye and great locations, even an entertaining campy cameo by Lou Diamond Philips as a slinky, freaky, dangerous gay diva - but the overall film, combined with a tedious, repetitive, uninspiring soundtrack (think Motown only bad and obscure OVER AND OVER AGAIN) and having to watch the dopey eyed V.

Kids was not a fantastic film, but it was on the edge, constantly provoking.