American Saint

Video is cheap but a good screenplay is priceless. This increasingly relevant equation doesn't work in favor of "American Saint," a vid-shot feature thin on style, charm and purpose.

With:
With: Kevin Corrigan, Vincent Schiavelli, Bianca Bakija, Woody Harrelson.

Video is cheap but a good screenplay is priceless. This increasingly relevant equation doesn’t work in favor of “American Saint,” a vid-shot feature thin on style, charm and purpose. Blah buddy pic charting two blokes’ cross-country road trip reps yet another soggy hat-tip to the Jack Kerouac legacy, which (several solid docus aside) still awaits even one passable screen homage. Commercial prospects look nowheresville.

Kevin Corrigan plays Miles, a young NYC waiter/would-be actor obsessed with what he hopes will be his big break: auditioning for a Kerouac bio to be directed by Milos Forman. (Latter acted as debuting helmer Joseph M. Castelo’s script adviser, to no apparent benefit.) Cash-poor Miles convinces an irascible older cabby (Forman regular Vincent Schiavelli) to drive him westward. Comic squabbles, trite local color encounters, and lame improv-sounding dialogue (e.g. “What kinda bullshit is this bullshit?,” numerous “whassamattayous” and “fuggetaboudits”) kill time before pic finally hits the Pacific. Pro leads are indulged with shtick but given little to chew on; sole bright spots are Woody Harrelson’s self-kidding cameo at start and use of flavorsome recitations by the late Kerouac himself. Tech package is mediocre.

American Saint

Production: An Antidote Films/Cinehaus production. Produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Scott Ferguson, Jonathan V. Hludzinski. Executive producer, Michael Hausman. Directed, written by Joseph M. Castelo.

Crew: Camera (color, vid-to-35mm), Mark Peterson; editor, Joel Hirsch; original music, Jim Dickinson; production designer, Wylie Griffin. Reviewed at San Francisco Film Festival, April 24, 2001. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Kevin Corrigan, Vincent Schiavelli, Bianca Bakija, Woody Harrelson.

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