8:00 PM, 26th July, 2003
Stu (Farrell) is a New York publicist, married to Kelly (Mitchell) but in hot pursuit of Pamela (Holmes). To prevent Kelly discovering his illicit calls via mobile phone bills to Pamela, he uses a phone booth. When that phone rings and he answers it, he finds a man (Sutherland) on the other end who knows all about his secret would-be affair, his name, his routine, his girlfriend's name and number, his wife's name and number. What's more, the mysterious stranger has a high-powered rifle aimed at Stu, to ensure that Stu will do as he is told ? which is to confess his sins not only to his wife but the whole world, as the booth becomes the centre of a major police alert and attendant media circus, after one man is shot dead.
Schumacher 'discovered' Farrell in his film Tigerland (screening later this semester) and he is well cast to play the sleazy Stuart. The good part about this movie is that you find yourself thinking that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I'm not sure if that's what I was supposed to be thinking but it added to my enjoyment of the film
10:00 PM, 26th July, 2003
Lewis (Walker), a college student, trades in his plane ticket home for a cheap car so he can drive cross-country to pick up Venna (Sobieski), the object of his long-distance affections, in order to drive her home for the summer. On the way, he learns that his brother Fuller (Zahn) has been arrested and is not too far away, so, reluctantly, Lewis detours to bail him out. As a gesture of appreciation, Fuller has a CB radio installed in Lewis's car - he thinks it will be fun playing mind games with truckers. Lots of fun. Fuller goads Lewis into pretending to be a pretty blonde called Candy Cane. As Candy Cane he makes a date with a truckie (known only by his handle Rusty Nail) but gives the motel room number of an obnoxious traveller they had met on the road. Boy, did they pick the wrong trucker to play with.
What ensues is a game of cat and mouse that will have you on the edge of your seat while making you laugh at the same time. This is a film that delivers great escapism entertainment along similar lines to Jeepers Creepers, only better.