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The Canyons

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2013
  • Paul Schrader
  • 96 mins
  • 18

Summary

When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Director Paul Schrader (American Gigolo) and writer Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) join forces for this micro-budget ($250,000) morality piece. Lindsay Lohan will garner attention just by her presence, but, although the movie is flawed, she's pretty terrific as Tara, a weak, shallow but ultimately sympathetic Los Angeles woman who has hooked up with a spoilt, sadistic trust-fund brat named Christian (played by porn actor James Deen, whose bad acting somehow suits the character). When not going to the gym, visiting shrinks or eating in expensive restaurants, Tara and Christian dabble in group sex and film-making, with more enthusiasm for the former than the latter. Nevertheless, jealousy rears its head, and mild suspense is generated over whether Christian will work out Tara is still hung up on her ex-boyfriend, Ryan (Nolan Funk). But the plot is beside the point: Schrader and Ellis are more interested in capturing the moral lassitude of modern LA, where everyone is always texting or otherwise distracted with technology, and sex and love are meaninglessly interchangeable.

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Credits

Cast

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TaraLindsay Lohan
ChristianJames Deen
RyanNolan Gerard Funk
GinaAmanda Brooks
CynthiaTenille Houston
Dr CampbellGus Van Sant
Hoodie guyJarod Einsohn
ReedChris Zeischegg
RandallVictor of Aquitaine
JonJim Boeven
ErikPhil Pavel

Crew

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DirectorPaul Schrader

Details

Theatrical distributor
Jade Films
Released on
2014-05-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Formats
Colour
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