Title: Black Limousine
Directed by: Carl Colpaert
Starring: David Arquette, Bijou Phillips, Vivica A. Fox, Tom Bower, Nicholas Bishop and Lin Shaye
Running time: 101 minutes, Rated R
Special Features: None
Jack MacKenzie is a former award-winning film composer, and divorced father who is trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life after an accident that claimed the life of one of his daughters, by getting a job as a limo driver in Hollywood. He struggles with his alcohol addiction while going to AA meetings and tries to inch his way back into the business by chatting up his clientele.
Surrealism abounds! This film is amateurish and depressing as hell. A lot of bad acting by women trying to cover up accents and the dialogue seems like acting school improvisation for beginners.
Jack pours his heart out to his ex-wife’s a-hole boyfriend who berates him in front of his daughter was an unnecessary scene. He doesn’t need to apologize for his past to this guy. He should have pushed the guy into the pool and that should’ve been the end of the scene. The remorse for past actions could’ve been written somewhere else. The scene itself was just poorly executed.
None of the characters were likeable. Sure I felt sorry for the Jack, but it walked a fine line between feeling sorry and angry for him being so pathetic. The kid telling the parents they need to find some other place to talk instead of turning down the TV was irritating. I don’t like seeing indulgent parenting in real life, I don’t need to see it portrayed on-screen as well.
The scene where Jack remembers seeing his dead daughter sing at her school was weird and out-of-place. The singing voice was obviously from a woman, and the song itself was an eye-roller.
I really didn’t get it, and that’s okay because it wasn’t made for viewers like me in mind. I’m willing to bet half the people who actually gave it praise are just pretentious hipsters that will never admit that they didn’t get it either.
Total Rating: F
Reviewed by: JM Willis