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The limo he is driving was the scene of a brutal murder where a limo driver cut the throat of his wife. Hitch (David Jean Thomas) who reminds us of a creepy Morgan Freeman, shows Jack the photos. He also collects items left behind in limos. Jack is also attempting a comeback. He has issues with his landlady (Lin Shaye) who wants a part in a film. While at an AA meeting, Jack meets the noir femme fatale Erica Long (Bijou Phillips). She is a model, singer, and actress attempting to pay her bills. Ironically she appears on vodka ads. Jack is inspired by her and quickly falls in love. They hit it off and seem to become soul mates, but alas Erica is clearly a girl Jack should not love.
We know something is going to happen and every tidbit clue that the film feeds us will all cleverly tie together. The goal is to figure it out before the film tells us. And then the end happens and you are suddenly tasked with trying to figure out what just happened. Enjoyable, but not for everyone.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, brief nudity (lady in window)
On the other hand, it has a story that, like David Lynch's masterful MULHOLLAND DR., bounces in and out of reality, but the difference between this and Lynch's film is that when BLACK LIMOUSINE has ended, one does not really know what was real and what was a dream or a hallucination.
Arquette plays a down-on-his-luck film composer, divorced and carrying the guilt that he may have been partially responsible for the automobile accident that claimed the life of his young daughter. Trying to pull his life together, he takes a job as a limo driver, attends AA meetings, and soon meets both a troubled actress (Phillips), with whom he wants to become romantically involved, and also an A-List actor (Nicholas Bishop), who just might be the key to reestablishing his music career.
How much of this is actually happening or is just one of Arquette's flights into his fantasy world, we are never sure.
That may be fine for some viewers, but not this one. I don't mind a somewhat ambiguous ending, but an utterly ambiguous picture is another animal altogether.
On DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
© Michael B. Druxman
If youre looking for great & wild movies with non linear logic, then I recommend David Lynchs' "LOST HIGHWAY" or "INLAND EMPIRE".
Be sure to be slightly drunk or buzzed when you watch those movies. Stay away from "Black Limousine".
Jack is desperate to get back his life and sees a way in but manages to make some mistakes in judgement that result in making everything even more bleak and hopeless. David Arquette gives a powerful and exquisitely calibrated performance that will likely be a huge surprise to people who only know him from the tabloids and the Scream movies. The scene where his ex-wife's new husband intentionally humiliates Jack in front of his young daughter is excruciating--you see so much desperation and shame in David Arquette's Jack that it's genuinely hard to not look away from the screen.
Bijou Phillips is nearly as perpetually under-appreciated as David Arquette and also gives a nice performance in a much smaller part, making her character Erica nearly as damaged as Jack but with no easy excuses to justify how she is. Erica is a some-time model and wannabe singer/songwriter which would probably make her and Jack with his music background a perfect match if Black Limousine wasn't so determinately bleak.Read more ›
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