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Release Date: July 28, 2000

Starring: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDernott, Josh Lucas, Franky G, Tim Blake Nelson, Carrie Fisher, Christina Applegate, Eric Bogosian, Ted Levine, Janeane Garafalo, Natasha G. Wagner, and Lou Lombardi

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice In 1981, police responded
to a distress call at 8763
Wonderland Avenue in Laurel
Canyon, a Los Angeles suburb,
and discovered a gruesome
quadruple homicide. Ron
Launius (Josh Lucas), Billy
Deverell (Tim Blake Nelson),
Barbara Richardson (Natasha G.
Wagner), and Joy Miller
(Janeane Garofalo) were found
brutally murdered, bludgeoned
to death with a pipe, and
Launius's wife, Susan
(Christina Applegate), was
left in critical condition.
The police investigation that
followed would unearth a seedy
world of drugs and violence,
ultimately revealing a motley
crew from L.A.'s underbelly,
including ex-con David Lind
(Dylan McDermott), nightclub
impresario Eddie Nash (Eric
Bogosian), and porn legend
John Holmes (Val Kilmer) as
well as Holmes's estranged
wife Sharon (Lisa Kudrow) and
his teenage lover Dawn
Schiller (Kate Bosworth). It
seems from watching this
grainy, 16mm-looking movie
that about a dozen famous
stars added their talent to a
low budget movie that
implicates a powerful criminal
still living in L.A., still
not prosecuted for his crimes.
The question, however, that
audiences will surely ask is,
“Who cares which gross,
drugged-out, pornographer
killed which gross,
drugged-out mob boss in some
smelly L.A. suburb almost 25
years ago?” Do American
audiences, steeped in the
cares of a slow economy and a
nation at war, really want to
sit through 100 painful
minutes of continual drug
abuse, sex abuse, betrayal,
and greed? Take us away,
please! Even if the filmmakers
had shown us some back-story
to the main pornographer,
perhaps an earlier wound that
made him the way he is, we
would sympathize in some way.
The protagonist is simply just
not likeable or relateable to
any mainstream
viewers. WONDERLAND is a
gross, painfully despicable
movie in every possible way.
It is a portrayal of the
hopelessness of those whose
hearts are void of the love of
the One True God and filled
with the depravity of the
world’s system. There is a
song in the movie that says,
“Jesus died for somebody’s
sin, but not mine.” On the
other hand, a man says, “He
was in that house, just as
sure as Jesus Christ was on
the cross.” Otherwise, there
are no references to any moral
absolutes, and no characters
hold out hope or life in any
way. Please address your
comments to: Tom Ortenburg &
Mark Urman,
Co-Presidents Lions Gate
Releasing 561 Broadway Suite
12B New York, NY 10012 Phone:
(212) 966-4670 Fax: (212)
966-2544 Website:
www.lionsgatefilms.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, B, Ab, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, AA, DDD, MMM) Pagan worldview subjecting audiences to the drug culture of various California pornographers and criminals, with some references to biblical matters and morality, yet some strange anti-Christian references such as a song about Jesus dying for others, not me, with some strange Christian references like man saying, “It happened as surely as Jesus died on the cross,” and an obvious moral message portraying the brutal end of drug addiction; excessive language with 44 milder obscenities, 104 strong obscenities, and 14 profanities; violence includes girl getting slapped and beat up during sex, gun fights, bloody pipe clubbings to death, etc.; overt sex with pornographer fornicating with a minor, pornographer shows male organ to a group of ladies, some of whom ask to touch, unmarried couple cohabitating, references to pornography, etc.; nudity includes rear male nudity; strong alcohol use; drug portrayals excessive throughout entire movie and include illegal drug sales; and, lying, cheating, stealing, disrespect for authority, betrayal, and greed.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

WONDERLAND is a movie that tries to figure out who killed a group of drug dealers in a suburb of L.A. almost 25 years ago. The movie is non-stop drugs, drug deals, drug abuse, lying, stealing, cheating, betrayal, sex, cursing, profanity, perversion, and violence. . . fun for the whole family, huh?

Review:

In 1981, police responded to a distress call at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon, a Los Angeles suburb, and discovered a gruesome quadruple homicide. Ron Launius (Josh Lucas), Billy Deverell (Tim Blake Nelson), Barbara Richardson (Natasha G. Wagner), and Joy Miller (Janeane Garofalo) were found brutally murdered, bludgeoned to death with a pipe, and Launius's wife, Susan (Christina Applegate), was left in critical condition. The police investigation that followed would unearth a seedy world of drugs and violence, ultimately revealing a motley crew from L.A.'s underbelly, including ex-con David Lind (Dylan McDermott), nightclub impresario Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian), and porn legend John Holmes (Val Kilmer) as well as Holmes's estranged wife Sharon (Lisa Kudrow) and his teenage lover Dawn Schiller (Kate Bosworth).

It seems from watching this grainy, 16mm-looking movie that about a dozen famous stars added their talent to a low budget movie that implicates a powerful criminal still living in L.A., still not prosecuted for his crimes. The question, however, that audiences will surely ask is, “Who cares which gross, drugged-out, pornographer killed which gross, drugged-out mob boss in some smelly L.A. suburb almost 25 years ago?” Do American audiences, steeped in the cares of a slow economy and a nation at war, really want to sit through 100 painful minutes of continual drug abuse, sex abuse, betrayal, and greed? Take us away, please! Even if the filmmakers had shown us some back-story to the main pornographer, perhaps an earlier wound that made him the way he is, we would sympathize in some way. The protagonist is simply just not likeable or relateable to any mainstream viewers.

WONDERLAND is a gross, painfully despicable movie in every possible way. It is a portrayal of the hopelessness of those whose hearts are void of the love of the One True God and filled with the depravity of the world’s system. There is a song in the movie that says, “Jesus died for somebody’s sin, but not mine.” On the other hand, a man says, “He was in that house, just as sure as Jesus Christ was on the cross.” Otherwise, there are no references to any moral absolutes, and no characters hold out hope or life in any way.

Please address your comments to:

Tom Ortenburg & Mark Urman, Co-Presidents

Lions Gate Releasing

561 Broadway

Suite 12B

New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 966-4670

Fax: (212) 966-2544

Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

SUMMARY: WONDERLAND is a movie that tries to figure out who killed a group of drug dealers in a suburb of L.A. almost 25 years ago. The movie is non-stop drugs, drug deals, drug abuse, lying, stealing, cheating, betrayal, sex, cursing, profanity, perversion, and violence. . . fun for the whole family, huh?

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