Wonderland

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Released 2003

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Wonderland

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Director:
James Cox
Released:
2003
Rating:
R

Wonderland is a 2003 film centered around the grisly Wonderland murders which little is known about to this day. Deep within the hot and arid canyons of Hollywood, California, several 70's themed events take place among the city's most aspiring stars. Attending such unabashed parties, which are rampant with drugs, alcohol and porn, is every wannabe actor. One attendee, John Holmes (Val Kilmer), is a broody and faded pornographic actor who experiences a waning career. He dabbles romantically between his teenage muse (Kate Bosworth) and his wife (Lisa Kudrow). But that's not all he dabbles with - he also enjoys indulging in cocaine and other party drugs regularly. After one particularly heavy night, four bodies are found in a mansion, brutally clogged to death. Was this a matter of a drug deal gone awry, or is John Holmes the perpetrator behind these atrocious assassinations? James Cox directs and Josh Lucas and Dylan McDermott co-star. Wonderland is an excellent anti-drug campaign which doesn't shove it's message down your throat like other movies such as Spun and Requiem for a Dream. A great film which will transport you to a time and place where many bad decisions were made without being given much thought - a mistake which can sometimes have dramatic consequences.

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  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Has absolutely nothing to say about its characters and their lamentable actions.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    With its flashbacks, split-screen montages, decade-jumping soundtrack, sped-up action and frequent shifts of light and color, Wonderland feels like "Law & Order" on crack.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    This is the latest addition to a new type of drug movie -- one that exploits addiction for a lot of self-adoring showboating.

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    Thrillers, Crime, Biography