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Source: Catholic News Service

Bleak adaptation of novelist-poet Charles Bukowski's 1975 novel (his second) about a heavy-drinking, often brutish, aspiring writer (a superb Matt Dillon), drifting from one menial job to another, and his relationships with a couple of equally self-destructive losers (Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei). Writer-director Bent Hamer captures the desolate world of the writer (Bukowski's alter ego) with uncompromising exactitude, and the performances are perfectly realized, but the unrelenting ugliness of the story and language, strong sexual elements and overall amoral behavior of its protagonists -- despite the film's literary pedigree -- will seriously limit its appeal. Pervasive rough and crude language and profanity, rear male and partial female nudity, premarital sexual encounters, gambling, heavy drinking and occasional violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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