A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE Add To My Top 10
Release Date: May 15, 2004
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Toni Kalem PRODUCER: Richard Raddon
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Lili Taylor plays Evie Decker, a shy young woman who becomes intrigued by a local rock guitarist, Drumstrings Casey, who has a habit of stopping his catchy songs and musing enigmatically and poetically about life. Evie’s infatuation becomes such an obsession that she carves his last name into her forehead.
Drum and his manager, who also happens to be his drummer, decide to capitalize on the publicity that Evie’s action brings to their music. Drum finds himself falling for Evie. Against everybody’s advice, he decides to marry Evie. Sure enough, their marriage hits some rocky times. Drum’s commitment starts to waver, but Evie remains strong in her commitment to both their marriage and Drum’s music. She gives her husband some ultimatums, but can her strong will convert him and save both their marriage and her husband’s career? The answer to that is yes.
A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE is rated R for foul language and some sexual references that mostly come from the movie’s sleaziest character, the drunken town slut. It is a quirky love story that is very forgiving of the flaws in its two lead characters. For example, Evie takes a moral relativistic approach to her self-mutilation, as if the ends justify the means. Still, what ultimately shines through by the end of the movie is a strong view of marriage and commitment. Writer and director Toni Kalem makes viewers root for both Evie and her marriage with Drum. When they finally find new happiness, it makes viewers happy as well.
This movie requires extreme caution, however, for its negative content, which is not appropriate for very impressionable or sensitive hearts and minds. The uplifting, positive ending does not overcome all the movie’s bad parts.
The low-budget quirkiness of A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE often shows, but it has a positive message about marriage, commitment, and integrity. Writer and director Toni Kalem makes viewers root for both Evie and her marriage with Drum. Extreme caution is required, however, because of foul language, sexual references, and adult themes not appropriate for impressionable minds.