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Bug (2002)

Cast: Brian Cox, Michael Hitchcock, Jamie Kennedy, more...
Director: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Independent
Running Time: 88 min.
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Various lives intersect to curious results in this sometimes surreal tale of life in Silverlake, from the duo who scripted crazy/beautiful and The Tuxedo. As Chinese-food restaurant and donut shop owner Cyr's (Brian Cox) obsessive-compulsive leanings begin to get the best of him, his workers' lives seem to be falling into a bizarre state of disrepair. Manager Sung (Alexis Cruz) soon begins to tire of Cyr's increasingly odd tendencies, and fortune-cookie message scribe Dwight's (Jamie Kennedy) girlfriend has recently decided to end their relationship; leaving Dwight to vent his frustrations by penning various inappropriate message for the restaurant's fortune cookies. When Mitchell discovers a fortune that reads "You will meet the girl of your dreams" and subsequently runs into a prospective female, his unyielding affections are seemingly rejected, crushing the lonely soul's hopes for love. Meanwhile, Ernie (Chris Bauer) and Olive's (Christina Kirk) marriage seems to be heading south for reason's yet unknown, and a successful businessman (Michael Hitchcock) grows increasingly distressed when he loses his job after losing his cool at a business dinner. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Only Connect by talltale July 23, 2005 - 3:34 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
One of those "everything-is-connected" movies ("Happenstance," "Serendipity") and perhaps the best of the lot, BUG is an exceedingly subtle and intelligent film that's as light on its feet as you could wish. Linking maybe 20-30 characters (I lost count along the way), it manages to make these associations--some solid, others quite ephemeral--with such dazzling cleverness and grace that if you're not paying close attention, you'll probably miss a few. No matter. For any intelligent filmgoer, there will be plenty of smart, swift moments to savor, laugh at and chuckle over.

From the unique opening credits (that are swallowed up by a key piece of equipment), to the little love stories buried inside (one incipient, the other a rekindling), to the final shot of the night sky--the filmmakers' view of life seems distanced but benign. Even negative events result in positive outcomes--if you can decipher the big picture. I guess you might call this a kind of feel-good "spiritual" movie ("spiritual" being an overused term of which I am not particularly fond). Whatever you call it, "Bug" is a small treasure that I am delighted to have unearthed.

Oddly enough, until the other day, I had never even heard of this film. But, after watching the new "Dracula III: Legacy," I wanted to find other movies in which its leading lady Alexandra Westcourt had appeared. Clicking on her name caused "Bug" to pop up, which I added to my queue, and--voila! What a perfect way to connect to a movie that's all about odd connections. (Unfortunatley GC members can't do this because "Dracula III: Legacy" isn't offered here. Too bad, since this is a nifty little addition to the Count's canon.)

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