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2 Ratings: 4.5
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Starring Val Kilmar, Kate Bosworth, Carrie Fisher, Michael Pitt  Directed by James Cox  Writer:  James Cox, Captain Mauzner  2003    

Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 28, 2000, October 3, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Wonderland

You got 15 minutes before I call the cops. Take a bath

  • Nov 7, 2008
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'Wonderland' is the true account story of the murder of four people on Wonderland Drive in Laurel Canyon, and the involvement of 70's adult-film icon Johnny "Wadd" Holmes (played expertly by Val Kilmar). Being freakishly "gifted" as a male, the adult-film industry suited Holmes quite well, giving him unlimited access to drugs and women.

With his underage girlfriend Dawn (Kate Bosworth) and unsavory friends, Holmes and his group of cohorts go after what they believe to be an easy money scheme, but wind out picking the wrong victim. Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian), owner of the Starwood, was once said to have left forty acres of skulls with the teeth removed in his wake. Eddie Nash wasn't the type of man you hit with burglary.

The movie is interesting because it is literally told from two separate points of view. First from David Lind (played by Dylan McDermott) telling his version of the story which incriminates Johnny. But when he is cornered, Johnny tells a different tale, insisting on his innocence.

The incredible acting from Val Kilmar, a stunning performance by Lisa Kudrow as Susan Holmes, and amazing supporting roles from Christina Applegate, Kate Bosworth, Carrie Fisher, Janeane Garafalo, Josh Lucas, and Michael Pitt lend excitement and credibility to the Wonderland murders account. And yes, that's nasty little Paris Hilton as Barbie on Nash's boat.

Add to that a substantial 1970's/1980's feel to the film, a great soundtrack, gritty realism, cash, coke, jewelry, heroin, ludes, antique guns, $ex, and pixie stix, and you have a gripping story of true life murder and mayhem. 'Wonderland' deserves much more credit than it has been given. I found it compelling and expertly executed. Enjoy!

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