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Eddies world It exists at the very juncture where Hollywood meets the mountains where the almost-rich and not-yet-famous live on cheap thrills and heady ambition while searching for true love and redemption Here Eddie and his three best friends engage in a wild life of witty repartee and snappy come-backs of ex-wives and future lovers of hard partying and late nights of sex lies and self-obsession Produced and directed by Anthony Drazan Hurlyburly is a scathingly funny and touchingly human story about the quest for meaning in our morally muddled times Based on David Rabes play the film features spellbinding performances from an ensemble cast including Sean Penn Kevin Spacey Chazz Palminteri Garry Shandling Meg Ryan Robin Wright Penn and Anna Paquin Distinctively shot by Changwei Gu Farewell My Concubine in a world of mirrored reflections and shiny surfaces Hurlyburly is produced by Drazan Richard N Gladstein and David S Hamburger Eddie Penn is a high-powered casting director in a tail-spin searching for even a crumb of meaning in the hollow expanse of his existence He lives in a posh Hollywood condo with his smugly charming business partner Mickey Spacey who is taking a break from his wife and kids Often they are joined in their mission for good times and perfect one-liners by two close friends the smooth Hollywood player Artie Shandling and the brutish but yearning would-be actor Phil Palminteri Into this exclusive all-male club come three equally adrift women from three very different walks of life First theres Darlene Wright Penn a cool beautiful fast-laner herself who two-times with both Eddie and Mickey Then theres Donna Paquin an underage runaway waif whom Artie gives to his friends as a care package Finally theres Bonnie Ryan the sweet but stepped-upon exotic dancer whose unfortunate run-in with Phil sets off an unexpected chain of events Eddie and his friends continue their entertaining and manic pursuit of sensation--until a series of encounters with destiny
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