You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

North Beach

Screenplay, Casey Peterson. Camera (color) Mark Herzig; sound, Dave Acord; associate producer, Brian Beatty; Reviewed at Newport Film Festival (competing), June 10, 2000. Running time: 93 MIN.

Screenplay, Casey Peterson. Camera (color) Mark Herzig; sound, Dave Acord; associate producer, Brian Beatty; Reviewed at Newport Film Festival (competing), June 10, 2000. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Casey Peterson, Jennifer Milmore, Richard Spieght Jr., Gabrielle Anwar, Jim Hanna, Hopwood De Pree.

This prototypical slacker comedy might have made a worthwhile West Coast addition to Kevin Smith’s underemployed-twentysomethings-say-the-darnedest-things genre if it wasn’t almost devoid of funny jokes. “North Beach,” named after a neighborhood in San Francisco, has little plot and features shiftless types who never amount to more than single-word epithets (the lush, the slut, etc.). One feels for the actors, who seem talented but are given nothing to do. Apparently the only people less inspired than the characters are the filmmakers who created them.

The action centers on Tyler (Casey Peterson), a talentless Lothario who beds a stripper before the film begins and then must face the consequences after his pure-of-heart girlfriend finds out. Tyler spends the day at a margarita-soaked pool party and, yawn, fronting a show with his rock band. Characters are merely going through the hipster motions here; they seem to do nothing but drink and talk about sex, but there’s no youthful abandon. Stylistically flat and technically muddled, “North Beach” feels drab, lifeless and so eight-years-ago. After all, Bay Area twentysomethings are now too busy with IPOs and URLs to worry about their friends’ sexual peccadilloes.

Popular on Variety

North Beach

Production: Produced by Jed Mortenson, Casey Peterson. Executive producer, Ellen Valles. Co-producers, Rob Mulloy,Richard Speight Jr. Directed by Jed Mortenson, Richard Speight Jr.

More Film

  • If I Were a Rich Man

    Filmax Nabs Alvaro Fernandez Armero’s ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    SAN SEBASTIAN – Filmax has taken international rights to Álvaro Fernández Armero’s comedy “If I Were a Rich Man.” Produced by Telecinco Cinema, Think Studio and Ciskul, and backed by Mediaset España and Movistar+, “If I Were a Rich Man” is a Spanish remake of Michel Munz and Gerard Bitton’s French comedy “Ah! Si j’étais [...]

  • Baby

    Latido Takes Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s 'Baby' (EXCLUSIVE)

    SAN SEBASTIAN – Latido Films has taken world sales rights outside Spain on Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s “Baby,” a drama with a psychological thriller narrative thrust starring Rosie Day (“Down a Dark Hall”), Harriet Sansom Harris (“Phantom Thread”), Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”), Charo López (“All Night Long”) and young actress Mafalda Carbonell (“To Live Twice”). [...]

  • Noahs Ark

    India’s Symbiosys to Co-Produce, Co-Animate Gullane’s ‘Noah’s Ark’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Noah’s Ark – A Musical Adventure,” Brazil’s most ambitious animated feature ever, just got a bit bigger with the announcement that producers Fabiano Gullane’s Gullane, Walter Salles’ Videofilmes and Felipe Sabino and Daniel Greco’s NIP will be joined by leading Indian animation studio Symbiosys Technologies as co-producers and co-animators. The partnership marks the first occasion [...]

  • Navarra

    Navarre Film Commission Celebrates First Decade at San Sebastian

    SAN SEBASTIAN  —    Since the 1950s, Spain has been a favorite European shooting locale. One of the biggest reasons remains its easily accessible, unique and diverse locations. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this past June, the Navarre Film Commission kicked off a traveling exhibition which has been touring Spain over the summer and will present [...]

  • Rambo Last Blood

    Film Review: 'Rambo: Last Blood'

    Home has always been an abstract concept for John Rambo, which is what the last scene of 2008’s otherwise expendable “Rambo” sequel finally gave the iconic Sylvester Stallone character: a moment when this unsettled Vietnam War survivor, looking very much the worse for wear, lumbers up to a mailbox bearing the character’s surname. At last, [...]

  • Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith. Jada

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's Westbrook Inks Development Pact With Telepool (EXCLUSIVE)

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new media venture, Westbrook Inc., has signed a co-development agreement for feature films, television shows and digital entertainment formats with German-based film and TV company Telepool. The move follows the acquisition of Telepool last year by Smith and Elysian Fields, a Zurich-based investment company. Westbrook, launched this year by [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content