With Sundance and Slamdance starting next week in Utah, we’re about to get bombarded with a ton of images, trailers and reviews for tons of movies you’ve never heard of. If you’ve been reading Collider for the past few years, you know I usually cover Sundance alone. However, Matt Goldberg will be traveling with me to the Festival, so this year should be the best in terms of our coverage. He’s going to be writing most of the reviews, and I’ll be conducting all the interviews.
Anyway, one of the many films playing at Slamdance is director Alexandre Rockwell’s Pete Small is Dead. While the film hadn’t been on my radar, after seeing an image of Steve Buscemi with that blond wig and watching the crazy trailer, I’m definitely curious. Also, with a cast featuring Peter Dinklage, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Roth, Michael Lerner, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Wayman, and Rosie Perez, how can I not want to see it. For the synopsis and trailer, hit the jump:
KC (Peter Dinklage), a former screenwriter turned downtrodden East Coast Laundromat owner, finds himself back in Los Angeles when his dog Buddha is kidnapped by loan sharks. KC reaches out to his friend Jack (Mark Boone Junior), who promises to front the $10,000 “dog” ransom if KC comes to L.A. to attend the funeral of their late friend Pete Smalls (Tim Roth), a famous Hollywood director. Once in California, KC quickly surmises that something is rotten in the city of dreams—and it might not be Pete’s corpse (which is nowhere to be found). Same goes for the $10 grand Jack promised him, which leads the two buddies trying to “cash in” on the rights to Pete Small’s current, momentarily unfinished film. Strange situations and crazy characters abound as KC & Jack carry out their misadventures. From dealings with idiot producers (Steve Buscemi, Michael Lerner) and the Armenian mob (headed by Seymour Cassel), to romancing with a beautiful French editor (Theresa Wayman) and conducting a lab heist—in pizza-delivery panda costumes. KC faces these obstacles and more, hoping to retrieve his beloved canine, all while coming to terms with the death of Smalls—who screwed him in a business deal, and still considers him his best friend. Running Time: 95 minutes
As I said, not your average synopsis. Wait till you see the trailer. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.