A stunt anthology blunders horrifically. The four hip directors, Quentin Tarantino,
Robert Rodriguez, Andre Rockwall, and Alison Anders join forces, each directing a
supposedly comic segment of this film. The setting is a posh Hollywood hotel on
New Year's Eve, and the main character is Ted the bellhop (Tim Roth). Each director tackles the hillarious goings-on in one specific room.
Alison Anders' segment is first: In the Honeymoon suite, a coven of witches (including
Madonna, Lili Taylor and Ione Skye) prepare a spell to resurrect their goddess. Unfortunately,
there is a missing ingredient: Ted's sperm. The second room belongs to Andre Rockwall. An
insanely jealous husband has tied up his wife and mistakes Ted for her lover. Robert Rodriguez
tackles the third room, in which a Mexican gangster (Antonio Banderas) leaves his two
mischievious children in the care of none other than Ted the bellhop. The final segment
is Tarantino's, in which he himself stars as a Hollywood producer who makes a painful
bet based on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. All four stories fail...and they
fail miserably. There is nary an interesting, let alone comic, moment within. Tim Roth
way overplays his Cockney Jerry Lewis-ish bellboy...making the audience wince rather
than laugh. Anders' segment is simply uninvolving. Rockwall's room is remarkably
unexciting, for all the bluster and action is proposes. Rodriguez' segment is very
reminiscent of a bad sitcom with a morbid twist. Tarantino's suffers from a bit
too much self consciousness. He throws in 25 minutes of meaningless pop culture
references, plus his own horrific acting. Both of these overwhelm any sense of entertainment
you can gleam from the meager plot. Avoid this film.
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