Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trees Lounge (1996)

Synopsis: Sad sack slugs spirits, swigs suds, squanders soul.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “All Tommy wants from life is what everyone else has – a job, a girl, a good time. But the harder he tries, the worse things get. And the more time he spends at TREES LOUNGE, his Long Island neighbourhood bar, the more involved he gets with the lives of the colourful characters he meets there.”

What Did I Learn?: 17-year old girls are trouble.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy snappy barroom banter.

Really?: Buscemi’s character desperately needs a job, and he’s mad at his former boss for stealing his wife; the boss fired him for stealing $1500 from the till one night. Considering the boss actually buys him a beer at one point, I have to think the two of them could theoretically sit down and work something out – even just an employment reference.

Rating: Trees Lounge is a sometimes-funny, sometimes-insightful, character-driven drama, and Steve Buscemi is loveably sleazy. 8.5/10 stars.

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