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Hellcab (1997): John Cusack, Julianne Moore, and a Flea Impersonator Walk into a Cab…

Hellcab (Mary Cybulski and John Tintori, 1997)
[originally posted 22Feb2000]

 

photo credit: communistvampires.com

Get ready for the ride of your life, in ninth-of-a-mile increments.

Rent. Go rent now. Also known as “Chicago Cab,” and based on the play of that name, Hellcab is one of those flicks that follows around a cab driver (Paul Dillon, a fantastic actor who looks like Flea, sounds like Flea two octaves lower, is as well-cast as Flea in the highly-underrated Dudes… well, you get the idea) as he picks up fares and wanders in and out of the lives of the passengers. Tight, funny, high-pitched. Small parts from Gillian Anderson, John Cusack (also one of the film’s producers), and best actress 2000 nominee Julianne Moore in the kind of scene that makes us realize why she could be nominated for best actress. I mean, she’s GOOD. My video store has this under horror, no matter how much I try to get them to change it. It ain’t. Comedy/drama, and damn good comedy/drama at that. **** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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