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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Jay Mohr
Katie Holmes
Scott Wolf
Desmond Askew
Timothy Olyphant
Sarah Polley
Directors
Doug Liman
Screenwriters
John August
Running Time
101 minutes

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On a wild night in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a loosely connected bunch of young ravers get into trouble


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Plot
Brit Simon (Askew), a supermarket employee who dabbles as a drug connection, exchanges shifts with financially-strapped and dog-tired Ronna (Polley), so he can head off to Las Vegas for a weekend of riotous fun while she raises cash to pay her rent. Ronna is approached by Adam (Wolf) and Zack (Mohr), soap opera actors who are hoping to score from Simon. This prompts her to seek out Simon's connection Todd (Olyphant) and get the drugs, leaving behind her reluctant friend Claire (Holmes) as collat


Verdict
It's a neatly contrived piece, with good performances from a likeable, mostly unfamiliar cast. Director Liman, of Swingers fame, and writer August weave the tapestry well, using a far-better-than-average rave score and not too many gimmicks to suggest the dusk-till-dawn party vibe.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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