I’m not sure who was asking for a spin-off movie for everyone’s favourite sex offender from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, but we’ve got one. John Turturro clearly saw enough in this to write, direct and star, but aside from a certain shambolic charm and the odd laugh at a cringeworthy situation I can’t say it’s the best use of your time, not even 1 hour 25 minutes worth. Turturro has assembled an impressive cast (Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou join him for the duration, Susan Sarandon’s there for a bit, John Hamm and Christopher Walken get a scene apiece) to do unimpressive things. There’s a lot of very unsexy sex, joyriding and running out of restaurants and it’s all without purpose. But Turturro frames shots nicely and his bizarre chemistry with his cast makes you wonder if this is just the kind of movie The Jesus would have wanted. SSP
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