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Review: 'Neo-Lounge' self-indulgent, sloppy (April 20)

  • Article by: Christy DeSmith
  • Special to the Star Tribune
  • April 20, 2008 - 2:25 PM
1/2 out of four

Overstuffed with self-indulgence, this documentary is a sloppy tribute to prolonged adolescence. The film ostensibly concerns Beijing's first upscale lounge, which dared to stay open during the 2003 SARS scare. In truth, it merely tails a pair of the bar's regulars -- a middle-aged Italian drunk and an untalented Bulgarian cabaret singer -- as they haul around Beijing with their bad manners and considerable senses of entitlement. It's somewhat amusing to observe these childlike adults hamming it up, but their lack of likeability eclipses this film's marginal virtues. (1:05 p.m. Sun. plus 9:05 p.m. April 29, St. Anthony Main. Subtitled. 86 min.)

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