Empire Records

on September 22, 1995 by Christine James
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   Working in a record store is the coolest job a teen could ever hope to find, but you'd never know it watching this film, in which the purposefully eclectic adolescent staff of Empire Records is so one-dimensional and unappealing that kids would probably opt for a hairnet and spatula rather than work with this lot. The characters range from vague ("The Low Life's" Rory Cochrane as the zen-guided Lucas) to annoying (Ethan Randall as goofball Mark), with many of the cast weighing in on the "Mark" end.
   The plot finds the gang rallying to save their beloved store from being bought out by a faceless mega-chain while they sort through their personal problems, but it's impossible to care if they succeed in this poorly scripted bore. Adrenaline-pumping rock songs are jammed into every conceivable nook and cranny in an attempt to enliven the audience, but to no avail. It's no wonder Warner spun "Empire Records" into limited-release and boxoffice oblivion.    Starring Anthony LaPaglia and Liv Tyler. Directed by Allan Moyle. Written by Carol Heikkinen. Produced by Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson, Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig. A Warner Bros. release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue. Running time: 100 min.
Tags: Starring Anthony LaPaglia, Liv Tyler. Directed by Allan Moyle. Written by Carol Heikkinen. Produced by Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson, Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig, Warner Bros, Comedy
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