Though it’s not even 90 minutes, Phone Booth feels like it takes place over a period of a hundred years. Colin Farrell plays a sleaze-weasel pinned down in a phone booth by a sniper. He’s ordered to invite both his wife and his mistress to the very public scene and then choose which one lives and which one dies. One would assume there was life insurance out on the wife, so it’s not exactly a difficult decision. Maybe he was supposed to be a helpful sniper?
The entirety of Tape takes place in a Michigan motel room where two friends have reunited. One is a drug dealer and the other is a rapist. Ethan Hawke‘s drug dealer character once dated Uma Thurman but never got around to schtooping her. The rapist however, totally got around to raping her ten years earlier. Hawke tapes a confession from Rapey McGee. Just then Uma shows up and pretends to call the police. Both men know they are screwed. One for drugs. The other for that whole rape thing.
I can understand why they didn’t meet out for diner. Rape accusastions and drug busts aren’t exaclty light dinner conversation.
Richard Linklater‘s follow up to Before Sunrise sees Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunite to play the characters who spent a night wandering around Vienna together ten years earlier. This time around, they’ve had time to mature and aren’t as obsessed with banging one another. They spend the afternoon in Paris talking about what could have been if only they’d pressed their genitals together back then. It really is quite romantic. Also, we get it Ethan Hawke. You like plays.