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Story

The dark underside of Boogie Nights is tracked in Wonderland, a sleaze-filled look at the notorious "Wonderland Murders" of 1981. The movie attempts to explain how the legendarily endowed porn actor John C. Holmes was involved in the killings, while deliberately suggesting the difficulty of knowing the truth of a murky case. The police procedural aspects turn out to be less intriguing than the weirdly hapless domestic life of Holmes (Val Kilmer at his most dazed), who despite his promiscuity continues to rely on his starchy, clean-cut wife (an unflattering role for Lisa Kudrow, but the most interesting character in the picture). Well-known actors--notably a near-unrecognizable Dylan McDermott--slouch through the story, which rather distracts from the aggressively realistic approach. In the end, the unclean aura makes one yearn for the stylized ingenuity of Boogie Nights, or at least a reason to be watching this story this way. --Robert Horton

Cast

Kate BosworthDawn Schiller
Carrie FisherSally Hansen
Val KilmerJohn Holmes
Dylan McDermottDavid Lind
Josh LucasRon Launius
Louis LombardiSlim Jim
Franky GLouis
Ted LevineSam Nico
Russell SamsCherokee
Tim Blake NelsonBilly Deverell
Janeane GarofaloJoy Miller
Natasha Gregson WagnerBarbara Richardson
Scoot McNairyJack
Christina ApplegateSusan Launius
Faizon LoveGreg Diles
Eric BogosianEddie Nash
Chris EllisCaptain Nimziki
Lisa KudrowSharon Holmes
M.C. GaineyBilly Ward
Paris HiltonBarbie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: James Cox
  • Producer: Lions Gate
  • Length: 104 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 24, 2003
    EuropeMay 7, 2004
    JapanMay 28, 2005
    AustraliaJan 29, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaMA
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