|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 5, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
The script also happens to be quite literate and laceratingly funny, and Damon -- no big surprise here -- turns out to be the perfect actor to deliver Will's zingers.
Thanks to solid performances by Damon, Williams, and Driver, the story glides by on charm.
Damon benefits greatly from a director like Gus Van Sant ("My Own Private Idaho") who understands quiet, funny moments, intricate relationships and beautiful young actors.
It isn't surprising that the film was originally based on actors' improvisations, since it creates a universe of tremendously enjoyable characters and allows them plenty of room to roam, but has only the most predictable notion of plot and nothing whatever to say beyond be-yourself pieties. Read full review