Powder Blue 2009


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On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide. Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker and Eddie Redmayne lead a top-notch cast in this powerful thriller about an overwhelmed erotic dancer, a grieving husband who has lost his will to live, a terminally ill ex-con and a pathologically shy mortician. With Kris Kristofferson, Lisa Kudrow and Patrick Swayze in unforgettable supporting roles, this film movingly chronicles the imperfect lives of people teetering on the edge of despair and the miracles that bring them back.


Release date:May 8, 2009 (NY)
Studio:Speakeasy Releasing
Director: Timothy Linh Bui (“Green Dragon”)
MPAA Rating:R (for sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use)
Screenwriters:Timothy Linh Bui, Stephane Gauge
Starring:Jessica Biel, Eddie Redmayne, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Lisa Kudrow, Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson, Alejandro Romero, Sanaa Lathan


Los Angeles, a city of over 10 million inhabitants, is fabled the world over for a flashy landscape punctuated by the promise of fame and glamour. But beneath the tabloid headlines and the flashing bulbs lies a city whose people clamor every day to simply find a place for themselves.

In Powder Blue, four people embark on different journeys that lead them through the same place. A place where loneliness abounds and everything wrings the heart, but where truths are revealed and human connections are found.

Charlie Bishop, a former priest, has lost his faith and sets out on an unspeakable mission. He struggles to free himself of his religious training and ethical beliefs, which have become profoundly ingrained in his physical and emotional existence. He loads two bullets into a gun, and with fifty thousand dollars in the trunk of his car, roams the city streets searching for someone desperate enough to pull the trigger in exchange for the money. But even desperation is finite, and there are lines that even those who live on the periphery won’t cross.

On the other side of town, a former hit-man drifts in an out of consciousness on a city bus. Jack Doheny, recently released from a twenty-five year sentence in prison, has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Knowing that any breath could be his last, he sets out to find redemption in a now unfamiliar world where the only familiar things are faded mementos of a past love found through a young woman named Rose-Johnny.

Like thousands before and after her, Rose-Johnny moved to L.A. with dreams of becoming a screen star. But her dreams are crushed when her son falls into a coma after a serious accident. She lives alone in a motel and out of desperation and need, dances at a bar to cover the staggering hospital bills. Her only prayer is that her son will awake, and her only comfort is her beloved dog Rudy. One night, after another awkward and unsuccessful date, she returns to the motel to find her dog missing. Grief stricken and panicked at the thought of losing everything, she combs the streets searching for her lost companion.


Meanwhile, Charlie the priest encounters Qwerty Doolittle, a young eccentric mortician who spends his days helping the less fortunate in their time of need. Qwerty’s unusual empathy and charitable tendencies have put him in serious debt and in grave danger of losing his business. With Charlie’s gun and offer of money, Qwerty has a decision to make that could change his life forever.

Fate and synchronicity cause these four strangers to intersect through extraordinary and serendipitous circumstances. Even in a city that shatters dreams as casually as it fulfills them, fear and courage can slip open a door to the one thing everybody in any city dreams of finding… love.





The Gist: Perhaps in an effort to capitalize on the online buzz that’s surrounded Jessica Biel playing a stripper, this otherwise high-minded ensemble drama is getting a proper theatrical run before its DVD release in June. Though Christmas-set films don’t usually play well in May, “Powder Blue” brings together a suicidal priest (Whitaker), an ex-hitman (Liotta), a single mother/stripper (Biel) and a mortician in Los Angeles on the eve of the holiday and, as the film’s web site promises, “epiphanies will be had.”



Published December 3, 2009
A handful of Los Angelenos meet one Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy and divine intervention. Velvet Larry (Patrick Swayze) is the sleazy owner of the strip club where Rose Johnny (Jessica Biel) dances, her young son in a coma. Qwerty Doolittle (Eddie Redmayne) is a mortician who falls in love with her. Randall (Kris Kristofferson) is the head of a crime organization who tries to convince former employee, Jack (Ray Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his former partners in crime. Charlie (Forest Whitaker) is a suicidal ex-priest. Lexus (Alejandro Romero) is a transsexual prostitute who shares an unexpected bond with Charlie.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Patrick Swayze's final feature film role as Wild Velvet strip club boss Velvet Larry is a flamboyant extravaganza, with mascara, long blond hair, unbuttoned shirt, shiny leather pants and tough talk. His dynamic performance, small role that it is, defies the raging illness that killed him not long after he finished the film. It may not be an apt epitaph for his body of work (what would be) but it's a showcase of his courage.

And Swayze is not the only interest in Powder Blue; it's an A list cast, from Jessica Biel as single mum pole dancer Rose to a gently ageing Ray Liotta as Jack, who befriends the reluctant Rose in a fatherly fashion. For reasons not made clear, she rebuffs him. You'll likely remember her dancing for one particularly exotic if sadly dramatic routine in which she douses her bare breasts with hot candle wax. She's totally credible as a pole dancer, by the way.

Eddie Redmayne as the quirkily named Qwerty (easy to type) Doolittle does fine work as the mild mannered mortician who minds Rose's dog after accidentally hitting him while driving, and Lisa Kudrow is engaging as the waitress who befriends Charlie, played in his usual endearing style by Forest Whitaker, even though Charlie is intent on ending his life after a tragic mishap. I don't think this part of the multi-layered plot really works; I don't buy Charlie's behaviour, Whitaker's performance notwithstanding. There is a similar weakness in Jack's profile, but Ray Liotta just about pushes through the fakery. Also impressive is Alejandro Romero as the transsexual, Lexus, a small but important role and a perfectly formed characterisation. And let's not forget Kris Kristofferson in a slightly strange cameo as some sort of senior crim.

The resolutions to these intersecting relationships are a tad manipulative, but the characters are so well crafted by the cast that we accept those flaws in return for an engaging 96 minutes or so.



Powder Blue

by Peter Sobczynski
Following in the footsteps of “Short Cuts,” “Magnolia“ and “Crash,“ Powder Blue offers us yet another multi-layered narrative following the lives of a group of desperate and disparate L.A. denizens who unexpectedly find themselves bouncing in and out of each others lives over the course of a few days. This time around, our A-team participants include Jessica Biel as a stripper with a son in a coma and a missing dog, Eddie Redmayne as a lovelorn mortician who finds the dog, Ray Liotta as a recently paroled and terminally ill criminal trying to find the daughter he has never known and Forest Whittaker as a suicidal ex-priest who keeps going up to perfect strangers and offering them $50,000 to shoot him in the heart while the B-team is populated by Lisa Kudrow as a waitress who befriends the priest by offering him a symbolic slice of pie (representing the goodness in the world, ya pervs), Alejandro Romero as a transgender prostitute, Kris Kristofferson as a crime lord who inexplicably does all of his business on city busses and Patrick Swayze, whose Bret Michaels-like wig suggest a serious lack of commitment to the tenets of Sparkle Moton, as a strip club owner named Velvet Larry. Heavy-handed and painfully contrived, writer director Timothy Linh Bui“s second effort wastes a reasonably good cast, all of whom turn in ridiculously overwrought performances (Whittaker has one scene, in which he discovers that his car has been stolen, that is so bad that he should be forced to give back his Oscar in retribution), and offers viewers nothing that they haven“t seen at least a dozen times before. I take that back--there is one thing here that most of you probably haven“t seen before. As I mentioned before, Jessica Biel plays a stripper and unlike most recent movie strippers (I“m looking at you, Jessica Alba), she actually does strip down in a couple of scenes that should inspire an enormous number of hits over at Mr. Skin.com. For the record, they seem to be real and they are certainly spectacular--too bad that one can“t say the same for the film featuring them.


 Japes. Super Reviewer
½* January 1, 2013
LMAO! Who wrote this? Some of the worst writing I have ever seen in a movie. The plot made no sense and the script told most of the story, not the action which would get some major points deducted if this was a film for my film class. 

I don't like Jessica Biel. She's pretty, but I just don't think she is a good actress. There's just something about her that seems fake when she's acting. I can never believe it, it's like I can tell that she's acting. I just don't think she's a convincing actress. But watching this movie was twice as bad because I had to deal with her acting AND her disgusting sinus issues. Whenever she was crying, snot would run- no, gush out of her nose. It was the most disgusting thing. She would have a huge string of snot hanging from her nose and in one scene she takes her hand, wipes it off and then pushes her hair out of her face using the snot covered hand! EWWW! That be nasty shit yo. So unflattering. Like yeah I get it, the director or whoever the hell made this piece of shit was like "I want it to be realistic! Like these are real people! With real tears and snot and shit." Well guess what? Real people don't run around with $50,000 in the back of their car asking hookers to shoot them dead. Seriously, who the hell wrote this garbage? 

This movie was really bad. The writing annoyed the hell out of me and it was just a weird movie overall. It didn't make any sense and I'm not sure why people in this movie were having so much trouble with their lives. It was just awful. Poorly executed, a waste of talent too because besides Biel there were a lot of good actors in this movie that tried so hard given the shitty material that was handed to them. I'm not sure why they would even want to be in this film. The script was so god awful, I suck at writing and I could've written a much better script. It just sounded so unnatural and so unrealistic and bad.



Eric B
**½ May 24, 2009
This movie was weird. It's basically just about how depressing life can get & how strippers & hookers have problems too. Not a whole lot happens though.



**** May 24, 2009
This movie was much like the hit movie "Crash" without all the hype. Everyone here had some kind of problem though. That could be a bit of an overload for some, but hey..that seems to be the main theme of the movie. The actors were great. Almost reason enough to check this DVD out on it's own.

Vincensia R
**½ May 24, 2009
Not that interesting story. Whitaker needs to bond a lot more with the other characters.. Biel's surely hot in every performances. Lisa?ee..still seeing Phoebe..^^


Bill N
*** May 24, 2009
good! nice soundtrack! drags towards the end, but its still good!


Joshua T
*½ May 23, 2009
Didnt hold my interest at all, except for Jessica Biel's hot "performances" which are surely available in little 30 second clips all over the web. And Patrick Swayze was great in his small role.

I guess Forest Whitaker called in his friends to perform in this movie which he co-produced... bad choice all around.


Fei T
*** May 23, 2009
so freaking boring and dull

Suzanne L
**** May 23, 2009
Touching movie...wat else makes you think about wat really matters in life and that life has his own will that we cannot control...

Ed V
**** May 23, 2009
Jessica Biel playing a stripper...how could you go wrong


Leonel M
** May 23, 2009
It was advertised as being the "Crash" of 2009, so I got my hopes up for this one. Shouldnt have. The characters' fates aren't as neatly waved into each other as in Crash, and the second half of the movie was actually pretty boring; all talk and not much interesting happening. Forest Whitaker was great as usual though, and his character's suicide mania was the only benefit of the film.





Marie Claire UK on April 3rd, 2009
Jessica Biel shows off her raunchy side in new film Powder Blue, where she plays a single mother-turned-stripper.

Although the film isn't yet in cinemas, behind-the-scenes footage of Jessica rehearsing has already been leaked onto the net, and looks set to be a YouTube hit before the week is out.

'I've gained such a greater respect for the women that actually do this for a living. It's so difficult,' Jess told Access Hollywood.


Patrick Swayze dons blonde wig for new movie

The Hindu on April 3rd, 2009
London (PTI): Cancer stricken Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze underwent a dramatic makeover to portray a seedy strip club owner in his new film "Powder Blue".

The erstwhile Hollywood heartthrob is seen wearing a blonde wig and unbuttoned shirts in the movie which also stars Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker, Sun online reported.

The film, which focuses on a group of strangers in Los Angeles who meet on Christmas Eve.

The-56-year old star who is suffering from pancreatic cancer is currently undergoing treatment while refusing to stop working because of his illness.



Jessica Biel Reveals Stripping Technique

The Celebrity Truth on April 3rd, 2009
Access Hollywood sat down with actress Jessica Biel to talk about her role as a stripper in the upcoming movie Powder Blue.

Jessica Biel Shows Us Her Stripping Skills
Jessica Biel flexes her stripping skills in this behind the scenes video for her upcoming film Powder Blue



Powder Blue - Behind The Scenes with Jessica Biel, Eddie Redmayne, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta,..

April 04, 2009 / news.com.au
JESSICA Biel has put her already-svelte body through its paces for her latest film Powder Blue.

The film revolves around a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal ex-priest, and a stripper.

The unlikely group are brought together on Christmas Eve by a mixture of circumstances.

Naturally, Biel plays the role of a pole-dancing stripper.

Powder Blue - Behind The Scenes with Jessica Biel, Eddie Redmayne, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Patrick Swayze, Lisa Kudrow and Kris Kristofferson