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Tobey Maguire has built a very respectable career on his sensitive, understated performances, yet the raw J.T. offers insight into Maguire's ability to branch out into personalities that are not always the "hero." Though his relative inexperience does show through in places, the strong believability of his interpretation of J.T. clearly shows the raw talent evident in even his early work.
By far the most provoking performance in the pic is the underrated Amy Hathaway as the internally tortured and physically exploited Tanya. A solid character interpretation from start to finish, Hathaway only stumbles when the script asks her for unnecessarily gratuitous lust, specifically the silly romp-in-the-car scene with Maguire. On a contrasting note, during the powerful bedroom scene with the Mayor, Hathaway shines by deftly conveying a deep-seated anguish for Tanya's unfortunate situation that is craftily hidden during the remainder of her performance.
Also highly noteworthy is Benecio Del Toro. It is common knowledge that small-budget productions can offer a wider scope of interpretation for an actor, and Del Toro demonstrates this to the fullest extent. A master of subtle physical acting, this early role showcases the talent that blossomed in later years. Along the same lines, Christina Naify as Ms.Read more ›
After this, and the fact that EW also gave "Varsity Blues" a "B"!! What was that. That was one of the worst movies ever made, I have quit going by what they say
Tobey Maguire shows his star power. He seems to be having fun with the role of J.T. Likewise his co-stars Wilson Cruz and Amy Hathaway work well together as three friends trying to escape their various situations in life. Adam West and Steven Gilborn are cast against type to advantage and a nice cameo from James Karen also add to the enjoyment. Benicio Del Toro is hilarious as the deadly serious Detective Lopez and Kenn Norman is believable as the sheriff. Also noteworthy is Judson Mills as Redneck Joey. Lastly I have to say Christina Naify is a standout as 'Smith'. At once sexy and deadly, she plays her part exceptionally well. Thoroughly recommended. The DVD has no special features of note, with the exception of a filmography and biography of Tobey Maguire. The print is excellent and the sound crisp. Buy It!
The entire cast was talented and delivered powerful performances. Even minor characters were 3-dimensional and then some (my favorite among these being the uniformed cop). In those instances where little action accompanied dialogue, the actors still made things interesting with comments, expressions, voice tones, etc.,. The screenwriter - Quinton Peeples - has both a sense of drama and humor.
Joyride managed to entertain with no help from exotic locales. Most scenes took place in relatively dreary settings like a run down motel parking lot, thus always needing something other than majestic mountains or 5-star restaurants to hold viewers' interest. Peeples as Director accomplished this in several ways, including giving several supporting characters enough face time to flesh out their roles and thereby add variety to his cinematic offering. What impressed me most, however, were the story's twists. I lost track of its surprising turns, often dramatic (and a couple stretching credulity, to be frank). Another technique was mystery: What exactly was happening in Tanya's room? Anticipation? You bet. Whenever Smith was in a scene... Let's just say she's a woman you do not want to upset. Ever.
Kudos to everyone involved!
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J.T is a bored, average, teen, spending the more times than not often slacking, working for his often brash and overworking dad's motel business. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kane's Review
The plot was okay, and the story had some merit too it. Acting was not all that bad.Published 6 months ago by Elwood Belzer