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Burning Palms (2010)

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A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

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Christopher Landon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Chung ... Ginny
Rosamund Pike ... Dedra
Dylan McDermott ... Dennis Marx
Shannen Doherty ... Dr. Shelly
Zoe Saldana ... Sarah Cotton
Nick Stahl ... Robert Kane
Robert Hoffman ... Chad Bower
Paz Vega ... Blanca Juarez
Peter Macdissi ... Gerry
Anson Mount ... Tom
Emily Meade ... Chloe Marx
Lake Bell ... Mary Jane
Tiara McKinney ... Mahogany
Adriana Barraza ... Louisa Alvarez
Jake Austin Walker ... Trevor
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Storyline

In Santa Monica, a woman becomes alarmingly concerned over her fiancé's unnaturally close relationship with his teenage daughter. In Westwood, a sexual act turns into a psychological obsession for a young woman. In West Hollywood, a gay couple buys a young daughter and attempts to mold her to fit their lifestyle. In Holmby Hills, maladjusted kids and their equally maladjusted nanny play murderous games. In Sherman Oaks, a rape victim faces her violator. In these five stories, one thing is clear, everything is taken to extremes in California. Written by napierslogs

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Five Tales That Will F#%! You Up For Life

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence including a rape, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liepsnojančios palmes See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,271
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Color
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Past offensive and into pointless and wrong
19 June 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Burning Palms" is supposed to be a dark comedy. I didn't know if I was supposed laugh, cry, or stare indignantly at the offensiveness on the screen. I chose the latter. There was nothing remotely funny, nothing emotionally-engaging, but everything filled with crimes being committed or people who should be committed to a mental institution.

I'm assuming the entire point of such a film was for the shock value. But shock only matters if there's something to care about in the first place. These filmmakers do not want you to care about these characters, even if they do deserve care and support, they just wanted to laugh at them. But let me repeat, there is nothing remotely funny about any of this. Rape victims, child murderers, and suicidal women are not funny.

These filmmakers are probably sitting back laughing at me right now because I didn't get it. But what they don't understand is that the art of offending relies on either an underlying truth to the situation or a greater meaning or purpose. There is no redeeming value to "Burning Palms", just inappropriate actions being played out for no reason, or for inappropriate reasons, but either way this is not acceptable filmmaking.


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