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)

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

An okay flick but pointless.

It's an absorbing tale.

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

Absolutely stunning this is.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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 .

The story is slower than molasses in January.

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.

This is quite literally the worst movie adaptation in history.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Contrived ".

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.