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With: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck, James LeGros, Rica Martens, Peter Dinklage, Kevin Corrigan
Written by: Tom DiCillo
Directed by: Tom DiCillo
MPAA Rating: R for strong language
Running Time: 90
Date: 01/20/1995

Living in Oblivion (1995)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Rumor has it that writer/director Tom DiCillo made Living in Oblivion to expunge the horrible experience of shooting his previous film Johnny Suede with Brad Pitt. Steve Buscemi plays a hapless indie filmmaker who endures all kinds of horrors from tainted milk to a little person with attitude while trying to make a silly-looking indie movie. Neurotic actress Nicole (Catherine Keener) and egomaniac actor Chad (James LeGros) and cinematographer Wolf (Dermot Mulroney) try to help but mostly hinder. DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on. Too bad Columbia/TriStar's new DVD doesn't contain a making-of documentary or a commentary track. Its only extras are trailers.

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