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Crazy Eyes 2012 NR

Zach (Lukas Haas, INCEPTION, MARS ATTACKS!) seems to be living the Hollywood bachelor dream - he's got a house in the hills, the phone numbers for dozens of beautiful women and a hard-partying lifestyle aided and abetted by his bartender pal, Dan (Jake Busey, ENEMY OF THE STATE, STARSHIP TROOPERS).

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Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima
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1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Adam Sherman
Starring Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima
Supporting actors Jake Busey, Tania Raymonde, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Ray Wise, Valerie Mahaffey, Moran Atias, Ned Bellamy, Laura Miro, Regine Nehy, Joshua Thorpe, Harvey Shield, T. Ryan Mooney, Natalie Floyd, Michael Pasternak, Bruce Gray, Wes Scott, Airon Armstrong, Shaun O'Hagan
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MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Adam Sherman's "Crazy Eyes" fits squarely into the sub-category of drama that features boozy reprobates as metaphors for the dissolution of the American dream. At best, these character stories can be hard hitting and disturbing. At worst, they can seem tired and self-involved. Truthfully, I'm no big fan of "Crazy Eyes." The movie itself is well made and some of the performances are nice, but what it really lacks (for me) is heart. This tale of wasted potential and unexplained privilege is a familiar one. I don't know why, exactly, I was supposed to care about the principle characters in "Crazy Eyes." They were not particularly likable, nor do they have to be, but they ALSO weren't developed with enough depth to make them compelling. That was the disconnect for me. When I think of the many powerful and challenging movies about alcoholic debauchery and codependency that I've seen through the years, I felt that "Crazy Eyes" just served up a lightweight version of other more affecting dramas.

It is nice, however, to see Lukas Haas in a prominent role. I've watched him grow up onscreen since "Witness" when he was eight, and he has a hangdog appeal that I really appreciate. Of course, every serious actor worth his salt has to make his "alcoholism" movie, so I don't fault Haas for taking on the challenge. Unfortunately, though, his character seemed rather ill-defined. Apparently he is incredibly wealthy, though he never seems to work. He isolates himself in a bar every night, but has a laundry list of girls to call at the drop of a hat. At once, he is presented as independent and rather well connected--but we never see any visible signs of this part of his life. The movie is a romance, of sorts, as Haas pursues Madeline Zima like she's the love of his life.
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As a person who has been around many alcoholics and seen many stories about alcoholics, I do have to say that this movie is the best example of an alcoholic relationship that I have ever seen.

Zach is very wealthy, young entrepreneur that has made a ton of money and does not really have a life. The only life that Zach seems to have is drinking and having sex with women who only date him for his wealth. And along comes Crazy Eyes who Zach decides that he has to have sexually. Rebecca (Crazy Eyes) is determined that Zach will only be a friend and Zach is determined that Rebecca will be more.

What makes this movie interesting are the games that are played by Rebecca as she is determined to have Zach on her own terms. Becca believes that she is the better person because she is poorer than Zach, and as such she thinks she knows more about life than he does. Through the whole movie Becca criticizes and belittles Zach even though she does things that are just as bad, maybe even worse than Zach. In watching the movie, you never realize whether Becca is trying to convince Zach that she is a good person, or herself. Throughout the movie the watcher is forced to watch the most disturbing images of individuals throwing their lives away, it is a horror to watch but you are drawn to it.

Drunken bar fights, sex and endless betrayals of friends go on and on in an alternate universe that these drunks call lives. In the end, the movie is a very good study of people who are trying to be normal even though their addictions rule their every waking moment. This movie is a good study on why alcohol can be just as destructive as crack.
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Zach is currently living what he believes to be the 'Good Life.' He's living the Hollywood bachelor dream-come-true life, and has his own bartender pal right by his side. Top priority for Zach is Party Life with plenty to drink and lots of fun. Then, he meets a woman that he cannot have a relationship with, and the family drama begins, along with issues and challenges. Is he ready to grow-up and step into responsibility as an adult? This film is raw, honest, and entertaining. An Enjoyable love story with Great acting Performance. Highly Recommended!
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This is a film that I would never view out of choice. As a personal acquaintance of the director, I decided to hit play and see where it went. It was truly painful to watch: Not for lack of quality but for abundance of honesty. Public self-examination is not entertainment. The film is not a celebration of profligacy, misogyny, or alchoholism, but a crystal clear view of self-loathing.
Imagine putting your private life on a 20' screen. As a former catholic, it reminds me of the sacrament of confession without the privacy of a confessional: its sole purpose to obtain penance. The truly self-absorbed individual has no need or desire to examine their self-absorption.
Like 'Barfly' or 'Lenny', the film compells the viewer to despise the protaganist for his lack of any saving grace. Both of these films were also painful for me to watch. But each in their own way examined the self-destruction of a suffering intellect. 'Crazy Eyes' is a microscopical window on the suffering intellect of the director.
Many of the harshest reviews of the film are economic, political, and gender whinings of the priveleged reviewers (Starbuck's latte award for the reviewers and exactly how does reviewing films contribute to the enlightenment of mankind). Could anyone possibly sympathize with the protagonist? Unlikely, and certainly not the hope of the director. True penance is no bullshit.
Can I recommend this film? If you found the two aforementioned films engrossing, then you might find 'Crazy Eyes' to be well worth viewing; but be forewarned that it is not conventional LA entertainment. Like witnessing any suffering, it makes you uncomfortable.
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