Too Much Sleep

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

It's a little like BLUE VELVET without the malevolence or THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH without the angst. Unlike David Lynch or Hal Hartley, writer-director David Maquiling's worldview doesn't extend much beyond his movie's small-town milieu. He does, however, have a strange sense of humor that keeps this pleasant, lighter-than-air look at the bizarro world of...read more

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It's a little like BLUE VELVET without the malevolence or THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH without the angst. Unlike David Lynch or Hal Hartley, writer-director David Maquiling's worldview doesn't extend much beyond his movie's small-town milieu. He does, however, have a

strange sense of humor that keeps this pleasant, lighter-than-air look at the bizarro world of modern suburban life afloat. Early one morning, while riding the bus home from his job as a nightwatchman, Jack Crawford (Marc Palmieri) is distracted by a pretty stranger (Nicole Zanzarella) while the

brown paper bag holding his late father's gun is stolen out from under him. Jack can't go the police — the gun was unregistered — so he goes to see his friend Andrew's (Philip Galinksy) uncle, a motormouth with "connections" named Eddie Deluca (Pasquale Gaeta). Eddie gives Jack the name

of a few repeat offenders, and Jack's off on a journey into the strange world that lurks behind the banal fa¸ades of suburban tract housing, a world of strip clubs, man-to-man massages and deceptively dull cocktail parties — where Jack unexpectedly finds something of himself. The film is

a comedy, but there are no big laughs: Maquiling finds humor in comfortable silences, the way a person moves in and out of frame or a sudden cut to the unexpected — a pair of oiled and gyrating male strippers, say. Jack's character development doesn't amount to much, and it soon becomes

apparent that this clever and offbeat film never adds up to more than one man's search for a girl and a missing gun. "The journey is its own reward," Jack says, and that's certainly the case here: Maquling has nothing more urgent to say than the suburbs are a pretty strange place and that he kind

of likes it out there.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: It's a little like BLUE VELVET without the malevolence or THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH without the angst. Unlike David Lynch or Hal Hartley, writer-director David Maquiling's worldview doesn't extend much beyond his movie's small-town milieu. He does, however, h… (more)

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