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A Slipping-Down Life (1999)

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A shy, young woman, living a sheltered life in a small southern town, embarks on a journey to self-awareness when she falls in love with an eccentric rock star.

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Toni Kalem

Writers:

Anne Tyler (based on the novel by), Toni Kalem (written for the screen by)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lili Taylor ... Evie Decker
Guy Pearce ... Drumstrings Casey
Irma P. Hall ... Clotelia
Tom Bower ... Mr. Decker
Bruno Kirby ... Kiddie Acres Manager
Veronica Cartwright ... Mrs. Casey
Shawnee Smith ... Faye-Jean Lindsay
Sara Rue ... Violet
John Hawkes ... David Elliot
Marshall Bell ... Mr. Casey
Jo Ann Farabee Jo Ann Farabee ... Woman at Salon
Harv Morgan Harv Morgan ... Dick St. Clair
Jason Russel Waller Jason Russel Waller ... Audience Member #1 (as Jason Russell Waller)
Lew Temple ... Audience Member #2
Jason Kavalewitz Jason Kavalewitz ... Young Sex Band
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Storyline

Evie Decker, a shy young woman, falls in love with pop star Drumstrings Casey after hearing his voice on the radio. Summoning the courage to pursue the singer, Evie starts to break out of her shell... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

You think you're invisible. But I see you.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жизнь по наклонной See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,066, 16 May 2004

Gross USA:

$107,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,099
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Austin mayor, Kirk Watson makes a cameo in the drugstore scene. See more »

Goofs

Although it is implied that the movie takes place in North Carolina but in the beginning, when Evie and her father are at the breakfast table, the jam and milk are of a brand that is only sold in HEB stores, which are only found in Texas. (Where the film was actually shot) See more »

Quotes

Violet: That's a diaper pin in her ear!
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Want to Much
Written by Joe Henry
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Evie gets her man
29 December 2005 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

Guy Pearce could have a career as a singer based upon what he does in this movie - the vocals he performs as "Drumstrings Casey" are phenomenal - and the always-brilliant Lili Taylor turns in another beautifully realized, multi-layered portrayal as Evie Decker, the film's center. What I liked most was how she wasn't a groupie or a pushover but rather a 3-dimensional person with a strong mind, and I liked how Pearce's character slowly came to realize that he needed her. Ideally, this should have been an overwhelmingly compelling film but it suffers from a weird kind of vagueness, which could have worked for the material but instead it pulls us away from it, so the ending isn't as satisfying as it could have been. Still worth catching on cable nonetheless, for the two brilliant central performances.


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