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Viggo Mortensen in Floundering
Floundering Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: Homeless man
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John Boyz (James LeGros) lives near Venice Beach. In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he is "floundering," suffering from nightmares and uncertainty. His life is full of bizarre friends, sweaty sex, pistol-wielding gangsters, bungling bureaucrats, police fanatics, revolutionaries, and weirdos.
Floundering Brief Review
The adolescent angst gets old after a bit, but clever dialogue, strong acting, and original material make it enjoyable none the less.
Frankly, the soundtrack is better than the movie. Some great songs, several were created for the film:
Floundering review by Scott Renshaw - Renshaw describes John Boyz as "a guy with a good heart who finds himself overwhelmed by the apparent injustices in his world and his feelings of powerlessness to do anything about it." He critizes the film's "heavy-handed left-wing moralizing," but concludes that "for those who enjoy their comedy with an edge and don't mind the occasional preaching, there's a real winner to be found in Floundering." Score: 8/10.
Review of Floundering by Marc Savlov - Writing for the Austin Chronicle, Savlov opines that McCarthy's "directorial debut is one of the better offerings dealing with twentysomething angst so far, neither condescending nor bloated with ill-gotten stabs at generic GenX humor."
Rotten Tomatoes Reviews: Floundering - Synopsis and links to several reviews. Not enough reviews to assign the film a tomato rating.
Floundering Video Clips
Viggo Mortensen's role in Floundering, along with his then-wife Exene Cervenka and son Henry, is so short as to be almost a cameo. The minute-and-a-half clip below is their only appearance. But then the credits roll, and you are treated to a brief glimpse of the people behind the roles.
flnd-01: Homeless family «18-Sep-04» - Late in the film Floundering, a homeless man, woman, and child (Viggo Mortensen, Exene Cervenka, Henry Peter Mortensen), packed into their vehicle with belongings tied to the top, appear in front of John Boyz' (James LeGros) apartment. John offers his apartment to them as he leaves town. The woman (Exene) accepts gladly; the man (Viggo) whines that it was probably a crack house.
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flnd-02: Credits «18-Sep-04» - During the Floundering credits, the cast sings along in a rendition of "Nothing Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding," as the camera pans through the crowd. Here it finds Exene Cervenka and Viggo Mortensen. Viggo is holding Henry and a piece of paper with illegible writing on it.
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