Not THAT bad
John Ronald | Sugar Land, Texas | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to give this movie 5 stars--not because it necessarily deserves it but because it doesn't deserve to get slammed with
one star. Okay, this is no _Almost Famous_ or _Boogie Nights_;
get over it, okay? I watched it, I enjoyed it, it is not that
bad of a movie in its own right. Actually, I thought the character development was good and I actually cared about the characters...especially the photographer and the costume designer...there is an epilogue at the end of the movie and we find out that the female lead died in an auto accident, which is kind of sad. It had a nice 70s mood feel to it. Helluvalot of sex for a movie that takes place within 1 day. Worth a look."
Thomas F. Redmond | Cleveland, OH | 09/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Sunset Strip" is a waste of time. At first, I thought the concept of the Strip as the basis for a film would lend itself to comedy or, at the very least, nostalgia about the place and the time... But it's not any of that. It's not entertaining, funny or even nostalgic.
I'd say "Sunset Strip" was a "chick flick", but that would be too much of an insult to the line of films specifically targeted at female audiences. Most "Chick Flicks" are composed of mainly dialogue and no physical action; The lead character usually has feelings he or she can't resolve, and then through some unforeseen event, is able to reconcile his or her personal difficulties by the end of the film.
If that were the case with "Sunset Strip", it would be a much better film.
Instead, the viewer is witness to a parade of self-absorbed individuals caught up with becoming the "next big thing". That's the real premise of the film, as the beginning narration alludes to with a remark about how "everything could change in 24 hours".
However, 24 hours wouldn't be fast enough to change the lives of the people this story centered around. Having to watch this film and the characters interact aimlessly for 24 minutes was a hateful experience in itself.
What made "Boogie Nights" unique was that the script was based on the activities of actual individuals who were closely associated with the porn underground in Hollywood. Watching that film was sort of like picking up a rock to see what's crawling around underneath it. I knew I probably wasn't going to relate to any of the characters in that film either, but the film's story unfolded with each event with precision; That made it a good film.
"Sunset Strip" is none of any of the above. It's like watching someone do an impression of someone else doing an impression of a 70's club burnout. There's not really any story, nothing to say. It's a carbon copy of a carbon copy. And it sure isn't going to inspire anyone to do anything beyond getting up and turning the video player off.