Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gridlock'd (1997)

First of all, I hate it when I'm forced to carry themes over into a new month. And secondly, I  can’t believe I only reviewed a grand total of four movies in March. That’s a new low. All I can say is that I was a little preoccupied with some freelance writing, and helping my Dad cope with some unexpected health issues. I’ll do my best to review at least ten movies in April. 

Tupac Triple-Feature Movie #2 (Please click the review to read my review of Juice) 

Synopsis: Loveable junkies get the run-around. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “When their friend Cookie o.d.’s, best buddies and musicians Spoon (Tupac Shakur) and Stretch (Tim Roth) decide it’s time to kick their drug habit by putting themselves into detox. But they soon discover that the road to rehab is paved with reams of social service red tape.” 

What Did I Learn?: If you need medical attention, don’t EVER piss off the Emergency Room receptionist. 

Really?: So wait – Stretch is HIV positive, and he never thought to tell either his best friend, or the girl they share? You know, it’s tough to sympathize with him after that revelation. Come to think of it, I’m shocked that he could use the “n” word as liberally as he does, and somehow get away with it. 

Rating: Gridlock’d is a surprisingly enjoyable, and very gritty black comedy. Shakur and Roth share some great chemistry as a couple of plucky losers, and some believe this might have been Tupac’s best performance. Oh, and watch for Howard Hesseman (best remembered as Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati) in a small, but scene-stealing role. 8/10 stars.

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