Aroview: A sprawling, stylistically-impressive but moribund domestic melodrama about Californian amorality and redemption (of sorts), with interleaved stories and characters that orbit the shallow entertainment fringe in LA's San Fernando Valley.
Tom Cruise and Jason Robards add clout to dir. Anderson's esteemed repertory ensemble - William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Phillip Baker Hall - though they collectively lack a sympathetic dimension. Arguably, it's the audacious Big Event of the movie (at least as a technical accomplishment) that registers as the film's highlight, otherwise it's likely to divide viewers along similar lines to contentious fare like EYES WIDE SHUT and HAPPINESS.
2 stars (Good Try) Tale of neglectful parents, resentful children, and love-starved souls (all having a bad day) there's too many charactors and subplots for it to really suck you in. When something more than just rain falls form the sky, it becomes just laughable.~GenXGirl