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⋆½ out of four stars
Rated: R for violence, language, sexuality and drug use.
Theater: St. Anthony Main.
Young, handsome L.A. lovebirds Billy (Josh Henderson) and Sarah (Haley Webb) think they’ve found their pot of dirty gold after they discover that her dead junkie roommate — who happens to look very much like Sarah — has a rich, also-dead uncle who just left his niece a fortune in his will. The pair go to Texas to collect, and encounter various small-town stereotypes who complicate their plan, including a shady lawyer (Aidan Quinn, phonin’ it in) and his brother the sheriff (an ever-campier Beau Bridges).
Director and co-writer Antoni Stutz attempts to achieve the gritty, sexy realism and who’s-scamming-who twists of such classic indie-noir thrillers as “Blood Simple” and “Red Rock West,” but falls well short, due largely to preposterous coincidences. The action begins slow and dreamy, drenched in shades of yellow and accompanied by a twangy, bluesy soundtrack. Then Stutz starts hurling unexplained characters and actions onto the screen at a pace that makes you think, What? Who? How? It all dwindles into “Who cares” long before the end of the road.