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Hailed by critics as one of the most underrated and moving Generation X films to come out of the American independent cinema, The Low Life has finally reached cult status after its initial theatrical release in 1996. "A Day of the Locust for the Gen-X Set!" wrote Steven Holden of The New York Times when he praised director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Mayor of the Sunset Strip) for his funny and timeless semi-autobiographical portrayal of young, over educated twenty-somethings struggling to make ends meet on the fringes of Hollywood.

Through brilliant, hilarious dialogue, extraordinary performances and sensitive direction, The Low Life creates a dark, satiric world of languid discomfort, survival, and the ultimate impossibility of trying to be an artist without facing one's passions. As the film takes an unexpected, emotional turn at the end, the director proves that there is a right way to survive in a cynical world. With colorful, award-winning performances by a powerful ensemble cast that includes Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Ron Livingston (Office Space), James LeGros (Zodiac), J.T. Walsh (A Few Good Men), Tony Award-winning Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), Shawnee Smith (Leaving Las Vegas), Angel Aviles (Mi Vida Loca), Antoni Corrone (We Own the Night), Sara Melson (The Big Brass Ring) in addition to Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary) in one of her first cinematic appearances. In this new director's cut, The Low Life finds an even broader audience as it delivers a fresh punch to the gut of nameless, faceless, decadent Los Angeles.


Studio Vanguard Cinema
SKU 206640321
UPC 658769811230
UPC 14 00658769811230
Format DVD
Release Date 3/25/2008
Name Sedgwick,Kyra
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Cast & Crew
Bill Boll - Original Music By
Deborah Smith - Production Designer
George Hickenlooper - Director
George Hickenlooper - Writer
J.T. Walsh - Actor
James LeGros - Actor
Jim Makiej - Editor
John Enbom - Writer
Karen S. Shapiro - Producer
Kyra Sedgwick - Actor
Mark Blum - Executive Producer
Renee Zellweger - Actor
Richard Crudo - Cinematographer
Ron Livingston - Actor
Rory Cochrane - Actor
Sean Astin - Actor
Shawnee Smith - Actor
Yaffa Lerea - Editor
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review The title of the film should have been The Searchers. This is not a film about low lifes, but about some confused but overly educated young men who refuse to believe they are at a dead-end. They are unable to deal with how pointless their lives are and how they are wasting away in an empty environment. Some might be taken aback by the glumness of the laid-back performance of the protagonist wannabe writer. He is named John and is unsettlingly played by Rory Cochrane. That this indie film is not always on target, should not deter you from completely ignoring it...Hickenlooper uses the film to make some generalized observations of Ivy League graduates (he's a Yale grad). These spoiled young adults are labeled as typical of their generation, both in having an overblown sense of their own worth and in their inability to escape from a trashy pop culture that they scorn and love at the same time. I thought that point and other pithy observations made weren't that startling to override how the story was so bleak and unfulfilling. Yet Sean Astin's superbly moving performance nearly saves this flick, as the film's focus becomes on how John observes Andy and thereby views himself.
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review Generation X reaches a point of terminal entropy in "The Low Life." A dismal examination of post-graduate ennui among a bunch of over-educated, under-motivated L.A. bottom-feeders, George Hickenlooper's second narrative feature overflows with awkward, embarrassing and aggravating scenes, none of which is the least bit illuminating about why the characters inhabiting them are so uninteresting...Hickenlooper, whose first feature was "Grey Knight," was one of the directors of the memorable documentary "Hearts of Darkness" and, just so viewers won't miss the connection, he repeatedly and shamelessly spotlights a poster for that film on one of the character's walls herein. But on the basis of "The Low Life," Hickenlooper ought to stick to nonfiction until he finds a story worth telling and then learns how to present it coherently...The screenwriters persist in writing themselves into dramatic dead ends, forcing an abrupt close to many scenes...Continuity is a problem: John is shown going to work in a downtown L.A. high-rise, but the view from the top looks right down on the beach in Santa Monica.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Sedgwick,Kyra
Label Vanguard International Cinema
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Los Angeles Times ...deeply felt, comical, always affecting!
Premiere Magazine ...daring, beautiful...
Saint Louis Riverfront Times ...extraordinary, timeless!

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