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Fierce People

Poor city-kid meet plain ridiculous
By JENNY HALPER  |  September 19, 2007
1.0 1.0 Stars

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Griffin Dunne’s 2005 film is like The Great Gatsby with Jay as an old coot whose grandchildren attack the help with spears. Teenage Finn (Anton Yelchin) takes a cab to the sprawling estate of Ogden Osborne (Donald Sutherland), where his coke-addict mom (Diane Lane) has been hired as a masseuse. Soon she shakes the habit (it was that easy?), and he falls into puppy-eyed love with Osborne’s granddaughter (Kristen Stewart). It’s a vivid playpen for the smart-alecky — and poor — city kid, but he soon learns that wealth isn’t all face paint and hot-air balloons. Didn’t we know that already? Dunne mixes in a sour-tasting rape and tops it off with tattoo’d names and meaningless sex. Despite a starry ensemble including Elizabeth Perkins (her Weeds character but with witless dialogue), the first half is dull. The second half is plain ridiculous, and a subplot involving the vicious Ishkanani tribe (hence the title) doesn’t help.
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