The Laramie Project

"Bad"

The Laramie Project Review


Hey, look at me! I'm a B-list Hollywood actor with an inflated sense of self-worth that thinks he can "do something" for the world by making a socially responsible film.

Hey, look at me! A gay kid got beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming, so let's go there and interview people... and write a play using their words.

Hey, look at me! A play ain't good enough. Let's make a movie about making a play about going to Laramie and interviewing people.

In case you're not following, "stars" like Clea DuVall and Suddenly Susan player Nestor Carbonell play New York theater types who went to Laramie and interview the populace about Matthew Shepard, a murdered youth in Laramie, Wyoming, beaten to death ostensibly because he was gay. Stars like Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson play the townsfolk, and their words are based on the real transcripts that the real NYC theater types recorded during their interviews. Got it?

The egos involved in this project are so insanely inflated (the director, Moisés Kaufman, actually has Carbonell playing Kaufman oh-so-earnestly) that the whole project degenerates into utter mush within five minutes. (Even Jeneane Garofalo appears with a concerned look on her face that comes off as little more than deer-in-the-headlights.)

Overly earnest dialogue readings are alone enough to kill the picture immediately, but a bigger annoyance is the movie's score, a somber orchestral movement that plays without pause through virtually the entire movie. It gets on one's nerves the way nothing else can. Except for the split screen. Half the movie is presented in a ridiculous split screen format.

Movies like Boys Don't Cry have made this movie before -- and made it well. The Laramie Project, its very title a lame and conceited moniker, is at every turn an example of a movie gone wrong. Tragic? Yes. A movie? Hardly. Sundance pap, and little more -- a shameless attempt to capitalize on tragedy and a pathetic end result which should be shunned.



The Laramie Project

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 9th March 2002

Distributed by: HBO Films

Production compaines: Cane/Gabay Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Moisés Kaufman

Producer:

Starring: as Anonymous Female Rancher, as Sherry Johnson, as Doctor Cantway, as Jedadiah Schultz, as Moisés Kaufman

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