Another Day In Paradise

on December 30, 1998 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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Vincent Kartheiser ("Masterminds") and Natasha Gregson Wagner ("Two Girls and a Guy") are Bobby and Rosie, two mixed-up junkie kids who are barely surviving through petty crimes. When Bobby is brutally beaten by a security guard, he and Rosie are adopted by Mel (James Woods) and Sid (Melanie Griffith), an older pair of criminals, also junkies, who promise the teenagers some stability and a sense of family, as well as an entry point into more lucrative criminal acts. Sid, who can't have kids of her own, is nurturing, but Mel is a violent and dangerous man whose scams increasingly endanger them all.
"Another Day in Paradise" certainly has its share of explicit violence but it's basically of the gratuitous sort, the filmic equivalent of a tabloid headline. No doubt some will be shocked by such graphic scenes as Sid sticking a needle into her neck, but we've seen all this before in "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Trainspotting"--similarly themed but vastly superior films. Starring James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser and Natasha Gregson Wagner. Directed by Larry Clark. Written by Christopher Landon and Stephen Chin. Produced by Stephen Chin, Larry Clark and James Woods. A Trimark release. Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language. Running time: 99 min.
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