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Johnny Suede [Import]

Richard Boes , John David Barone , n , a    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is Johnny For Real? June 15 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Johnny Suede" is a wonderfully refreshing off-beat comedy that blends surrealism and a critical pop-culture sensibility while challenging film conventions in a playful, entertaining way. The story follows would-be retro rocker "Johnny" (Brad Pitt) though his adventures in love and music. Katherine Keener plays Johnny's "real" love interest as the girl who rescues him from his shallow ambitions. This is an extremely unusual film that mixes magical events and dream sequences energizing the work with a highly surreal feeling. Set in a decaying and spooky section of Brooklyn, the relationships between characters take on a greater, more universal significance. If I didn't know better, I might consider Tom Dicillo a cinematic genius, with a touch of Beckett for good measure. But, funny enough....
In an interview years later, Tom Dicillo said that "Johnny Suede," his first feature film, was the product of a "shooting nightmare." According to Dicillo, Brad Pitt (Johnny Suede) played the character as if he recently had a "frontal lobodomy." There was even a suggestion in the interview that Pitt willfully dumbed-down the character despite Dicillo's direction to play him as an ordinary mixed-up guy "just trying to figure things out." There was even a hint that Pitt was intentionally sabotaging the shoot as buzz began to circulate that he was destined for stardom (think Thema & Louise). However, I believe he was simply too good an actor to take a character like Johnny without irony. Dicillo considers the movie a failure and said that he was forced to leave in strange, awkward scenes because he simply had no choice (read money) to shoot them again.
"Johnny Suede" remains forever a puzzle. Is Johnny brain-dead or really a perfect symbol for a fallen and lost humanity?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining in Parts Jan. 11 2002
I dont think its the best film I've ever seen, but the parts that were funny, made me laugh out loud. The best part of the film is when Johnny Suede (Brad Pitt) and Freak Storm (Nick Cave) meet in an alleyway. Nick Cave had a small role, but it was unforgettable... he was an albino lounge singer, with a huge platinum pompadour... not the typical look that Nick Cave goes for (except for huge hair & pointy shoes... but Nick tends to have a large black coiff!) Brad Pitt was sporting the ever high tower of breadloafhead as well. I like some of those early Brad Pitt films as opposed to the later ones (with the exception of "Snatch" which is a great film) and Johnny Suede is a good one. The scenes between Pitt & Catherine Keener were quite amusing, and the ones with "Deke" were hysterical... but nothing was as funny as eating bad chicken in the alleyway with Freak Storm singing "I'll be a Mama's Boy... since my daddy got the Electric Chair!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars low key movie with good acting July 16 2002
I like this movie, it's interesting yet not quite satisfying. Brad Pitt is very understated in this movie, doesn't quite go over the top like in his other films. Katherine Keener is excellent has his insecure, emotionally unstable girlfriend. Interesting film about relationships but I have to admit it doesn't really go anywhere. It can't decided if it wants to be a straight ahead romantic comedy or a surreal Lynchian type trip, and kind of meanders between both, the result is somewhat tepid. Mostly for Pitt or Keener fans.
One thing that REALLY annoyed me though, was my DVD had stupid commentary at the beginning and the end which I *swear* is not on the VHS version. Kind of reminded me of Blade Runner, just ruined it. It's not quite as bad as BR, but I was disapointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not to mention the hair Jan. 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This was really quite a deplorable little movie. The awfulness of the acting, with one exception, eclipsed even the painfulness of the concept. Brad Pitt, never very gifted as an actor, here hit rock bottom, fortunately early in his career. When I say fortunately I mean for him, not for the rest of us, who have had to endure his later somnolent roles whose dreadfulness is said, by some, to be compensated for by his abs and pretty face.
I am sure this movie would have sucked out my life and left me a vegetable, except for the performance of Catherine Keener, whose brilliance as an actress has, alas, never been rewarded with the success that she deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suede is groovy man Nov. 12 2003
Format:VHS Tape
filled with great direction and sparkled together with the likable performance of Brad Pitt as Johnny Suede. Suede wants to make a band and he does but then things fall apart as he spirals into relationships and conflicts. Catherine Keener is also great. Samuel L. Jackson and Calvin Levels also star, though Jackson has a small roll as Pitt's band bass player. a great movie
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