Clay Pigeons

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Released 1998

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Director:
David Dobkin
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Clay Pigeons is a 1998 comedy crime thriller from Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Scott Free Productions. Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line, Signs, 8MM) plays Clay Birdwell, a completely normal hick in a completely normal hick town. He and his best friend like to do all the normal things that hicks like to do. They get drunk and fish. They get drunk and drive around in pickup trucks. They get drunk and go a-shootin.' So when Clay's best friend ends up dead, Clay ends up having to hide the body. Clay is having an affair with his best friend's wife who is probably the original shrew which needs taming. She ends up blackmailing Clay. Along comes Vince Vaughn (Swingers, The Lost World Jurassic Park, Old School, Wedding Crashers, The Dilemma) or Lester Long, your average everyday charming sociopathic serial killer who, as a favor to Clay, takes care of the wife problem.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A film that delights by confounding expectations.

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Visual flourishes (handsomely lensed by Eric Edwards on Utah locales standing in for Montana) are polished but derivative, with too many time-lapse sky views, reminiscent of Van Sa...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    "You've got a sense of humor, I like that," Lester Long proclaims at one point. Well, we all like that, but would it be asking too much to have a little coherence to go along with it?

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    Comedy, Drama, Suspense

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    Dark Comedy, Crime