As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant's friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser's wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.
|nudity||Two characters have sex a few times. No nudity. One character is into S&M. We see this a few times.|
|violence||A teenaged boy is seen with his arms slit and bleeding. A murder trial is a focus of the film. Nothing graphic is discussed. One character chokes another until they go unconscious.|
|profanity||Lots of F-words and other cursing.|
|alcohol||Lots of drug material. Obviously, lots of Adderall is popped and snorted. A character takes Klonopin and Vicodin. He splits it with someone else. We hear that a character used to be a major crack and heroin addict.|
|frightening||Nothing too intense. Suggested MPAA Rating: Rated R for drug content, language and some sexuality|