My first Alan Rudolph, and a tad uneven. Reminds me of Paul Auster, novelistic plays, but set in LA instead of New York. The score, editing, and acting is sitcom-like...but there is a subterranean attempt at classicism. The dialog is almost literary, like hard-boiled fiction. There is darkness all throughout with the veneer of comedy. Is this what they call dark humor? The women characters are incredibly vivid, all these quietly desperate borderline psychotic sexualized city wanderers. A cool balance is struck w other more societal types. Really a grand ensemble acting cast with multiple focus: kids, neighbors, orphans, single mothers, service workers, cops, businessmen, thugs, homeless people. A grand ensemble epic unfurling clumsily, à la lo-fi Altman. At the center however is a beautiful romance, tender and dark, and heartbreaking.