The Big Swill

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming stir it up

Actors acting out: Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Peter Sorel
Actors acting out: Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Leigh and Cumming step into this project with confidence in all capacities, and one certainly can't say that the production -- with original music by Michael Penn and archive tracks compiled by recording artist E -- wants for hipness. What it lacks, however, is perspective; the creators are just too close to their material, and these shorthand therapy sessions (he yells, she cries) offer precious little to engage anyone outside their clique. By the end one feels strangely compassionate yet intellectually detached, as if the hugs and not the lauding were their goal all along.

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