Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mr. Nice

Rhys Ifans gets a rare starring role in "Mr. Nice," the true story of Howard Marks, an accidental hashish dealer who in the 70s and 80s became a high-living, fun-loving, identity-morphing kingpin always just ahead of the law (and simultaneously an unacknowledged agent of MI6).

The movie shares its hero's aimless, genial insouciance, and Ifans and the rest of the cast - including Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis, and a perfectly cast Crispin Glover - keep it, ahem, rolling. It nails the look and feel of its time to a fare-thee-well, and a scene where Ifans and Sevigny have sex relations in rhythm with Nancy Reagan's chant of "Just Say No" is one for the books.

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