This is one of those little movies that defies all genres by quirk-addled accident. Not funny enough to be a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, not wacky or gross enough to be whatever it is that John Waters makes. Johnny Suede would be just a cute throwaway movie if not for the immense talent taking shape right before your eyes in Brad Pitt and Catherine Keener. Even so, it's barely worth a watch to see them, albino Nick Cave, and a brief glimpse of Sam Jackson, because that's really all there is to see.
This ridiculous movie was so far over the top (especially in 3D!!) in every way that it would be a weight on my conscience not to give it the highest possible rating for sheer outlandishness alone. I mean, c'mon people, it's Avatar. If you went to the theater expecting high art, then the joke's on you.
This was Jesse Eisenberg's major film debut, and his blend of awkwardness, precociousness, and perfect comic timing are already almost fully developed. This is a really memorable story with a lot of sharp dialogue mostly delivered by Campbell Scott as his character misguidedly attempts to shepherd Eisenberg's into manhood to distract himself from his own continuing failure to grow up.