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With: Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Carrie Fisher, Kim Marriner, Dylan McDermott, Karen LaKritz, Steve Cox, Josh Lucas, Louis Lombardi, Franky G., Ted Levine, Russell Sams, Chris Cioffi, Tim Blake Nelson, Janeane Garofalo, Natasha Gregson Wagner, David Solomini, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Scoot McNairy, Julianne Steiger, Tess Parker, George Leonardopoulos, Christina Applegate, Faizon Love, Eric Bogosian, Joleigh Fioreavanti, Michelle Borth, Chris Ellis, Lisa Kudrow, M.C. Gainey, Paris Hilton
Written by: James Cox, Captain Mauzner, Todd Samovitz, D. Loriston Scott
Directed by: James Cox
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language, some sexuality/nudity
Running Time: 104
Date: 09/08/2003

Wonderland (2003)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Wadd Fellows

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

NYU Wunderkind James Cox (Highway) directs and co-writes this story of the brutal 1981 quadruple murder associated with porn star John Holmes. Cox gives us a kind of Rashomon, with Holmes (Val Kilmer) and David Lind (Dylan McDermott) providing different versions of the story, but between Boogie Nights -- which was loosely based on Holmes' life -- and the documentary Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes we've frankly heard it all before. Not to mention that Cox appropriates drug-frenzied images and editing styles from GoodFellas, Requiem for a Dream, Spun and tons of other films. Nevertheless, the huge cast, which also includes Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Bogosian and a nearly unrecognizable Christina Applegate, bring to the table the essence of a professional production.

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