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A strained, often clumsy attempt to adapt Hitchcock formulas to the teen market, this film by Richard Tuggle (Tightrope) stars Anthony Michael Hall as a midwestern farm boy on a trip to Los Angeles who picks up the wrong bag at the airport (it's full of heroin) and falls into the cross fire between dealers and cops. None of it is very convincing, thanks to Tuggle's shaky storytelling: on the one hand, he sets up his plot twists with such elephantine emphasis that the payoffs are invariably anticlimactic; on the other, he relies constantly and shamelessly on the most outre coincidence. Still, the action scenes do have a certain punch and vigor, and there are a few fresh, offbeat views of the City of Angels. Part of the point of the project seems to be to prove that Hall can “act” (as if his comic roles were something else), and he does move honorably if not remarkably through a mumbling Method performance. With Jenny Wright, gratingly bouncy as the would-be actress who helps Hall through his troubles, and Jeff Kober as a smooth-faced, satanic pusher straight from the Miami Vice mold.

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