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  • Actors: Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Houston
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Writers: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producers: Braxton Pope
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EMAGK1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for THE CANYONS, a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year's most controversial film. Young trust-fund baby Christian (James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend-turned-plaything Tara (Lindsay Lohan) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina, is trying to get her boyfriend Ryan the lead role. But unbeknownst to Christian and Gina, Ryan and Tara were once a couple, and as soon as the two meet again at an audition, their romance is rekindled. When Christian discovers that Tara has been having an affair, he begins to play a series of cruelly escalating mind games with both Ryan and Tara, leading to an act of violence from which there can be no redemption. Featuring fearless and unprecedented performances from its young cast, THE CANYONS is a thought-provoking examination of privilege run amok.

Customer Reviews

The acting is terrible.
Paul Donovan
It is vaguely interesting and there seems to be a hint of a desire to create an art film that falls flat.
Jack E. Levic
And then... there are bad movies that make you feel a little depressed and icky, but mostly just bored.
E. A Solinas

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By ceindaco on August 26, 2013
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The movie pretends to portray the life of an aspiring model in LA that finds that is not always easy to make it in Hollywood. It starts OK, tries to develop a story with a somewhat complex love triangle. From there though, it goes down really quick, never gets to a point that makes sense, the characters individual stories are never fully explained and the few images that could attract some of the viewers leave you with more questions than answers. I would not call it soft porn since it does not make it that far, even though some scenes are close, but an attempt to tease the viewers that gets lost in the camera movement and angles. Of course the acting is second class, even Lindsay that is the more experienced actress in the movie (and that is saying something) more often than not looks like she is trying too hard. Some of the dialogues are vague and empty and leave you wondering why in the world that scene was even there. Overall, I would not recommend it but if you like independent noir type films; then you can probably find some parts that you like in this movie.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Wells on December 12, 2013
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With Paul Schrader directing, Brett Easton Ellis penning the screenplay, Lindsay Lohan starring and porn stud James Deen as the leading man, the erotic thriller "The Canyons" seemed like a dicey proposition from the outset. With the exception of Deen, the careers of the others have certainly seen better days; "The Canyons" is unlikely to herald a reversal of fortune for anyone involved. Like a dessicated amalgam of its creators greatest hits--think Schrader's "American Gigolo"/"The Comfort of Strangers"/"Auto Focus" meets Ellis' "American Psycho"/"Rules of Attraction"/"Less Than Zero"--"The Canyons" feels redundant and oddly unsexy. Neither erotic nor a thriller, the film could have been much better in the hands of someone like Brian de Palma, who usually excels at this type of campy, melodramatic trash (except for his unfortunate remake of Alain Corneau's "Love Crime"). To be sure, "The Canyons" would have been a better film, had Schrader and Ellis infused it with even the slightest grain of humor, but they spin their dark take with a deadly earnestness that robs the film of any trace of suspense or pleasure. In the past, Ellis has evinced a snarky, gleefully twisted sense of malice that enlivened even the sketchiest projects but in "The Canyons", it's hard to believe that he actually wrote anything other than a very basic outline of the plot. Certainly, the dialogue is such that the actors often seem to be winging it, ad libbing and spouting scripted bits on the fly. (The atrocious dialogue and barely-there script notwithstanding, Ellis probably still would have made a better director for this material than Schrader).

The acting is not as terrible as I expected it to be.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Reid Crandall on August 26, 2013
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Interesting ideas, but the writing and acting were sub-standard. Difficult to say whether it was the acting weighing down the writing, or the gravitation field created by the combination of the two that caused the movie to implode.

The makers deserve credit for making this happen outside the studio system with Kickstarter funding, but the quality of the effort has somehow under performed even its $250,000 budget.

The idea of a "post-theatrical" movie is intriguing, but this production made the idea feel like the makers view the future of film closer to pornography than art, and perhaps considering those involved, that was the statement they were attempting to make.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 29, 2014
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Paul Schrader, oh how you've fallen. The writer and director of "American Gigolo" and the screenwriter of such classics as "Raging Bull" and "Taxi Driver" has put out this piece of garbage written by Bret Easton Ellis. Funded in part by Kickstarter, the filmmakers were able to keep Lindsay Lohan out of rehab long enough to play what appears to be a version of herself. She's not very good and the rest of the cast is even worse.

Lindsay plays a one-time actress named Tara who is now in a relationship with Christian (porn star James Deen). Christian is a small time movie producer, who supplements his income with a trust fund from his father. One of the conditions of the fund is that he regularly meet with a psychiatrist (director Gus Van Sant slumming). Christian likes to have other men come over as well as couples. He enjoys seeing Tara in action with others, it would seem, as much as his one on one time. Tara goes along, sometimes reluctantly, other times enthusiastically. If this all sounds pretty sexy, it really isn't.

Throughout the movie, Schrader pulls the plug just as it all gets interesting. This goes for other elements of the plot, as it were, as well. When Christian suspects Tara is seeing someone else, he has her followed, hacks her phone and has others get information for him. The other guy (Nolan Gerard Funk) is also having an affair with Christian's assistant (Amanda Brooks). Then there is Christian's former and sometimes current lover on the side played by Tenille Houston. It seems that they all know each other but don't know it. If this sounds convoluted, it is.

Nothing makes much sense and if there is anything worse than the acting, it is the script. All the main characters call each other "babe." Example: "Hey babe, how you doin'?
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