The tag line on the movie poster, "Fame is a 4 Letter Word," speaks volumes in this thought provoking comedy co-starring newcomer Kiersey Clemons and veteran actor Gabriel Byrne. There is also a wonderful performance near the end of the film by former NFL star turned actor Ed Marinaro who plays 'Jake the Bum.'
'An L.A. Minute' is a satirical look at fame, success, the star-making machinery and the karma that attaches to all those who worship at the altar of Celebrity. Best-selling author Ted Gould (pronounced gold) faces a moral dilemma when Velocity, an avant-garde performance artist and the living embodiment of integrity, rocks his 1% world," from IMDB.
What happens when you stop living a lie? This is the question Byrne's character begins to take seriously. Ironically, as he starts to speak the truth to repudiate substantial fabrications surrounding his stellar career, the artist played by Clemons who inspired his journey of authenticity trades places with the old version of Byrne. Once Clemons as Velocity gets a taste of the luxury that accompanies the notoriety, she lives up to her name spiraling down the path of becoming a hack sell out.
It is intriguing that a New York minute refers to the frenetic pace of life in the Big Apple. 'A la minute' refers to a satisfying style of cooking incorporating pan sauces that are fresh and relatively simple without the depth and complexity of a sauce that takes much longer to prepare. Though recognition often comes after years of preparation, it can also seem to come on all of a sudden in an 'instant.' After a few rough starts and stumbles, renown can turn to disdain as the public's tastes can be fickle. A message of the film could be wrapped up in word play about challenges facing 'Every Man.' The high/low, insider/outsider, up/down vicissitudes of yearning and striving are in full view. What is vital and enduring is explored in a humorous manner with our protagonists working through their issues in the light and the dark where extremes converge.
Fresh as ever, 'An L.A. Minute' was directed by Daniel Adams and co-written 20 years ago by Adams and former editor of National Lampoon Magazine, Larry 'Ratso' Sloman. Sometimes it takes this long for the times to catch up with the creative vision. According to Adams, "There's an adage that goes something like 'a person's true character is revealed when faced with adversity.' These days it seems that a person's true character is revealed when faced with fame." Though Sloman is best known for his collaboration with radio personality Howard Stern’s two best-selling books, Private Parts and Miss America, I am personally more appreciative of his earlier works.
With a front seat to the 1960's and still relevant after all these years, Mr. Sloman expounds on his work with Bob Dylan and Abby Hoffman in this interview.
Daniel Adams is an award-winning American feature film director best known for directing and writing the popular films "The Lightkeepers,"starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, and "The Golden Boys," starring David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Charles Durning, and Mariel Hemingway.
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]