Lost Angels

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

LOST ANGELS is a would-be-cautionary tale dealing with the wayward offspring of the rich and vacuous in a Los Angeles where unsupervised, pampered brats run riot. Tim Doolan (Adam Horovitz), the story's central character, relates his story in an eerily detached voiceover. We first encounter him in the back seat of a luxury sedan ostensibly en route to Arizona...read more

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LOST ANGELS is a would-be-cautionary tale dealing with the wayward offspring of the rich and vacuous in a Los Angeles where unsupervised, pampered brats run riot. Tim Doolan (Adam Horovitz), the story's central character, relates his story in an eerily detached voiceover. We first

encounter him in the back seat of a luxury sedan ostensibly en route to Arizona with his mother and step-father. Before he knows it, though, Tim is deposited at an institute for troubled (and rich) youth where he's visited by Dr. Charles Loftis (Donald Sutherland), a sympathetic, if overburdened

psychiatrist who has little patience for the institute's profit-motivated rules. Tim's flashback narrative then re-creates the episodes leading to his institutionalization. LOST ANGELS is crippled by an unresolved schizophrenia at every level, its depiction of a grim, amoral subculture undercut by

lush photography and sinuous camerawork. British director Hugh Hudson can't seem to figure out whom to hold accountable--at times he indicts the indifferent, self-absorbed authority figures, and other times he points a finger at the incorrigible youth. Moreover, the film's uneven tone and languid

rhythm are at odds with the subject it explores. At almost every opportunity, the film opts for the sensational at the expense of nuance and irony. LOST ANGELS is a film with as little sense of direction as the youth it depicts.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: LOST ANGELS is a would-be-cautionary tale dealing with the wayward offspring of the rich and vacuous in a Los Angeles where unsupervised, pampered brats run riot. Tim Doolan (Adam Horovitz), the story's central character, relates his story in an eerily det… (more)

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