Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Character Studies
- Rip Torn Films
- Road Trip
Response to Peary’s Review:
This “excruciatingly unpleasant” film — starring Rip Torn as an aging, has-been musician who “makes life miserable” for most of the people he’s around, much like “Robert Montgomery’s washed-up producer in The Saxon Charm (1948)” — is nonetheless oddly compelling and full of “offbeat well-played scenes.” Torn has never been better, playing someone so spectacularly self-absorbed and out of touch that he arrives “either four months early or eight months too late” for his child’s birthday. The supporting cast is excellent as well — particularly Elayne Heilveil as Maury’s dim-witted groupie.
- Rip Torn as Maury Dann
- Maury’s joyfully wacky mom (Cara Dunn) throwing her laundry over the clothesline
- Heilveil discussing frying pans with Maury’s driver
No, but it’s recommended.