Cecil B. Demented (2000)

John Waters directs Melanie Griffiths, Stephen Dorff and Alicia Witt in this independent black comedy where a struggling Hollywood star is kidnapped by a guerrilla faction of armed filmmakers to be in their next project.

Full of scrappy spirit but after the first half hour finds itself running around in the same circle with nothing new to say or do. Tamer than Waters at his dirtiest but somewhat slicker than even his more beloved later movies. Griffiths is sweetly gutsy, Maggie Gyllenhaal stands out among the dozen of up-and-comers who took a risk being in such a scabrous but haphazard attack on mainstream cinema so early in their careers.


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