When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.
Christian kinda-sorta uses his family money to produce movies by day; by night, he arranges three-ways with his girlfriend Tara at his minimalist Malibu mansion with just a few taps on his smartphone. He is about to start production on a low-budget slasher flick in New Mexico starring Ryan, the blandly handsome boyfriend of his assistant, the blandly pretty Gina. But unbeknownst to him, Tara was involved with Ryan a few years ago-and has started up an affair with him again. Christian, meanwhile, is having a fling on the side with the blandly pretty Cynthia, a yoga instructor who used to take acting classes with Ryan. Ryan, meanwhile, gets hit on left and right by pseudo-connected Hollywood types.Written by
In the docu-series Lindsay (2014), Lindsay Lohan claimed that she did not end up promoting the film, specifically its Venice Film Festival screening, because it would have placed her in a situation that compromised her sobriety. See more »
When Tara and Christian are by the pool, in some scenes we can see direct sunlight shining on Christian's face and Tara's hair and back, but when the scene changes to another angle there's no direct sunlight at all. See more »
Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay.
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Two versions of the film are available: a rated and "unrated director's cut". The unrated version features about a minute of additional footage edited from the rated version. A sex scene at the beginning of the film, which featured the characters of Tara, Christian, and Reid, had to have cuts made to meet the content standards of iTunes. Thus the shots of Reid indulging in masturbation had to go, since they were unsimulated, unlike the other sexual content shown in the film. See more »
I'm a Paul Schrader fan, Ellison is a big so what, and Lohan is a fabulous train wreck with talent. I was hoping this combination would create a B movie extravaganza to rival Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. The elements were in place, but damn, this is one inept movie. If you didn't know the pedigree of the players you would think this was a first film by a pair of twentysomethings. Perhaps, that's where Schrader was on the money with his complaint that SXSW should have included them in their line-up. I suspect Canyons was rejected by SXSW b/c in so many ways its an unintentional parody of the type of crap Indies that SXSW loves to show. The kind where the acting is awful, barely any plot, no style and the characters blah blah blah about nothing. The blah blah talk reminded me of that awful SXSW film, The Weekend. Jimmy Deen is terrible. He delivers his lines in a monotone too quickly. The only shining light is Lohan and poor baby, some of the camera angles and makeup choice are just unkind. The cinematography is lousy with a smattering of some interesting shots. The bore factor and bland looks place this below an episode of the Hills. I'm sorry to say there isn't even an ounce of cult love I can give this one. Misfire all the way.
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