Nowhere Man

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Nowhere Man Review


"Nowhere Man" is one of those titles you put on your movie when you've got a story about one guy's personal ennui and no other good ideas about what to call it. Hey, I'm all for ripping off a Beatle's song title for the sake of indie film, but it's always recommended that you be able to back that up with a story that would have done Lennon proud.

Tim McCann's incarnation of Nowhere Man isn't the worst indie that's come across my desk, but it's far from great cinema. The story is pretty simple: Conrad (Michael Rodrick) discovers his fiancee was once in a porn film, and immediately (and quite sensibly, really) he calls off the wedding. Girlfriend Jennifer (scream queen and Troma regular Debbie Rochon) reacts badly, snipping off his penis with a pair of scissors. She then goes on the run, oddly choosing to shack up with her former porn co-star Big Daddy (Frank Oliver, a real porn star). Outfitted with a plastic tube where his unit used to be, Conrad tries to find Jennifer and retrieve his severed member, which he hopes is still in good enough shape to be reattached. The story is told by jumping back and forth between two time periods, each separated by about a day: Before the incident and after it.

That's the gist, and while the setup is on the dated side (Lorena Bobbitt is on the celebrity boxing circuit, isn't she? Well, she should be), writer/director Tim McCann (Revolution #9 -- another Beatles title theft) at least keeps things lively and (mercifully) brief enough to keep us interested in what's going on. Unfortunately, by the time we get to the end, nothing has really happened. The film's "surprise" ending isn't terribly shocking (except, I have to say, visually) and, more tragically, the characters don't change much from beginning to end: Conrad is an angry goon and Jennifer is a hysterical bombshell. Still, both Rodrick and Rochon are engaging beyond the quality of the material they've been given, especially Rochon, who ought to get some real roles in Hollywood before she burns out completely.

McCann says the movie is about how the power in relationships changes over time, and that's probably true. But for better or worse, Nowhere Man will probably not apply to terribly many of our lives, as thankfully our girlfriends don't deign to lop off our wieners all that often. Whew!

She's a real nowhere gal.



Nowhere Man

Facts and Figures

Run time: 44 mins

In Theaters: Monday 28th August 1995

Budget: $250 thousand

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Lawrence O'Neil,

Starring: as Conrad, as Jennifer, as Daddy Mac, as Dr. Johnson

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