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Crashing (2007)

R | | Drama | January 2007 (USA)
Having been kicked out of his house by his wife, writer Richard McMurray crashes on the couch of two sexy co-eds where he just might find the inspiration to complete his second novel.

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Gary Walkow

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Gary Walkow (screenplay), Gary Walkow (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Cross ... Space Station Man
Caleigh White Caleigh White ... Space Station Woman
Campbell Scott ... Richard McMurray
Alex Kingston ... Diane Freed
Izabella Miko ... Kristen
Lizzy Caplan ... Jacqueline
Devin Barry Devin Barry ... Brad
Holly Reiser ... Revised Space Station Woman
Alexandra Safford Alexandra Safford ... Unseen Woman
Alayna Corrick Alayna Corrick ... Real Estate Woman (segment "Jacqueline's Real Estate Fiction")
Duane Clark Duane Clark ... Real Estate Man (segment "Jacqueline's Real Estate Fiction")
Randall Hastings Randall Hastings ... Barton (segment "Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction") (as Randy Hastings)
Nora Kirkpatrick ... Barton's Girlfriend (segment "Kirstin's Bowling Ball Fiction")
Nash Garrison Nash Garrison ... Barton's Bud #1 (segment "Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction")
Patrick Graves Patrick Graves ... Barton's Bud #2 (segment 'Kristin's Bowling Ball Fiction)
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Storyline

Richard McMurray's first novel was a success, but his second novel is sitting unfinished on his computer in his house, which his wife just locked him out of. After a speaking engagement at a local college, Richard accepts the invitation from two sexy college students to crash on their couch. He should only be there for a day or two but legal battles with his soon-to-be ex-wife, pressures from his editor and publisher, and more importantly, his new-found inspiration just might keep him there longer. He's using them as his muses, they're using him for writing guidance, but what are they all supposed to do about that sexual tension? Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A writer's best work is between the covers.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and brief drug use

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jacqueline: I know what you really want.
Richard McMurray: What?
Jacqueline: Mind-fuck.
Richard McMurray: No.
Jacqueline: You want to get inside my head.
Richard McMurray: You have a really healthy ego.
Jacqueline: So do you.
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A well written film about writing; not a comedy but it is funny.
29 May 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

An example of mis-marketing just to make it seem more appealing to the popular audience, but completely misses the point of what makes "Crashing" so good. This is not a comedy about the sexual misadventures of a middle-aged man and two sexy co-eds. This is a funny, smart, well written film about writing.

The art of writing, the love of writing, the craziness of writing, or the fantasies of writing are all that you can say this is about. A once successful writer is now mired in a personal downward spiral, but finds himself crashing on the couch of two sexy college students. They want him to guide them in their own writing, and he wants to use them to inspire him back to great writing. And here is where we get into semantics. Is he using them to get into their pants? Is he using them to steal their ideas? Or is he merely using the idea of them? And is that "using" them?

Depending on how you view this film, he could be doing any or all of the above. Some of his actions are a little immoral, but he really is doing it all for the writing. Which we get a lot of advice on. It takes an awfully ambitious writer to write a movie about writing, and for the most part, I think they succeeded with "Crashing".

A film which is primarily shot in one location with three actors, a lot of the action occurs in his head. But this is well enough written that that works. Because the sexual tension, that is real. And funny. And clever. And "over-intellectualized". Did I mention this was a film about writing by writers for writers?


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