Newcomer Juliette Marquis is the girl -- with the stage name of Moon -- and the film takes us through a smattering of adventures in her life. She has to pick a guy to star with in a scene (with a geriatric applicant among the choices), she takes care of her father (James Woods), who suffers from Parkinson's, and she decides to start a small business playing femme fatale for women worried their significant others may be tempted to cheat on them.
The film is a pastiche of small events, laid out without much attention to pacing or flow. Writer/director Ash (yeah, we're thinking the same thing) is content to follow the lovely Marquis around and watch her in various states of undress, intercutting that with Woods doing a little hop-shuffle dance from time to time. Surprisingly, this comes together as somewhat watchable, though more than a bit senseless: I've never seen Woods in such a bizarre role (and shirtless, I might add), and Marquis reveals herself to be a capable actress, backed up by appearances from indie players like Rosario Dawson and Michael Rapaport.
Ash (Pups) is clearly working from the Larry Clark School of Life Textbook -- he doesn't have much story to tell, and he knows it, but damn if he isn't going to go down without a fight.
Run time: 104 mins
In Theaters: Sunday 2nd November 2003
Production compaines: Departure Entertainment, Departure Studios, TGL Inc.
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 4
IMDB: 5.8 / 10
Starring: James Woods as Pops, Juliette Marquis as Moon, Kevin Pardue as Kip, Tomas Arana as Aronson, Michael Rapaport as Terry, Rosario Dawson as Martine, Isaiah Washington as Shane, Ioan Gruffudd as Daniel, Cheyenne Silver as Cheyenne, Kam Heskin as Jessie, Alexi Yulish as Nick Hudson, Sean Douglas as Marco, Sherrie Rose as Nurse, Sung-Hi Lee as Kobi