A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III
Release Date: February 08, 2013
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: A24 Films
Director: Roman Coppola
Executive Producer: Michael Zakin
Writer: Roman Coppola
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The story doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, though it appears it wasn’t meant to make sense. For example, writer-director Roman Coppola (Oscar-nominated for co-writing the MOONRISE KINGDOM screenplay with Wes Anderson) over-indulges wacky fantasy elements at the expense of a coherent storyline.
The movie stars Charlie Sheen as Charles Swan III, a top record-album cover designer. Charles is miserable that his girlfriend, Ivana, just left him. This situation is starting to affect his creativity. After he crashes a luxury car into a backyard swimming pool, Charles is checked into a mental hospital.
In the mental hospital, Charles seeks to gain control of his oddball subconscious thoughts and win his girlfriend back. While there, his best friend Kirby Star, a pop music singer waiting for a new album cover from Swan, encourages Charles to break out of his rut to win her back. Along the way, he receives life advice from his business manager, Saul (Bill Murray), who appears frequently in his daydreams. In one scene, Saul appears dressed like John Wayne from THE SEARCHERS as women clad in skimpy American Indian outfits attack Charles.
The scenario resolves at a large, surreal party for Charles where he’s forced to be comically confronted by the many women he has hurt in the past. Will Charles reach peace and make up with his girlfriend?
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III will appeal primarily to fans of Sheen and of the director’s quirky brand of filmmaking, but will likely not entice average moviegoers to make it their night at the movies. Its slapdash blend of fantasy and reality doesn’t hold together enough to make a strong impression. Sheen is surprisingly charming in the role, however, singing and dancing his way through fantasy scenes.
Although the title character changes a bit at the end toward the better, the overall worldview is a Romantic one. There’s also abundant foul language, explicit nudity and excessive alcohol use.
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III will appeal primarily to fans of Sheen and Coppola’s quirky brand of filmmaking. The movie’s fun in small doses, but its slapdash blend of fantasy and reality doesn’t hold together enough to make a strong impression. Even so, Sheen is surprisingly charming in the title role. Although his character changes a bit at the end toward the better, the overall worldview is Romantic. There’s also abundant foul language, explicit nudity and excessive alcohol use.