Plot – Eddie, Phil and Mickey are in Los Angeles at the end of the millennium. They are friends and work in the entertainment industry. Eddie is a casting director for movies and for television; Mickey works with Eddie to cultivate relations with producers; Phil, instead, currently unemployed, is a desperate actor and is trying to become a good dependable person; he would like to have a child with his wife Susy, whom he neglects too much. One evening Bonnie, a prostitute, is invited over to Eddie's house and then she leaves with Phil. However, along the way Phil opens the car door and throws her out. Phil reveals that Susy wants to kick him out of the house. Eddie goes back to dating Darlene, with whom he fights all the time. Then comes the news that Phil has killed himself with the car. Later, Eddie receives a letter from Phil explaining the reasons for his suicide. Eddie wants to understand it better and fights with Mickey, who leaves him. Alone, Eddie dives in the pool. Then Donna, a homeless girl he once hosted, returns. Eddie lets his feelings out with her and tells her about Phil's funeral. Then Donna falls asleep.
All actors – Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling, Anna Paquin, Meg Ryan, Gianna Palminteri, David Fabrizio, Kenny Vance, Michaline Babich, Elaine Corral Kendallshow all
“Hurlyburly” Quotes 9 quotes
“- Darlene: Are you aware that you're yelling?
- Eddie: My voice is raised in emphasis. It's a perfectly legitimate use of volume.”
“- Darlene: I don't care.
- Eddie: What do you mean, you don't care?
- Darlene: It doesn't matter to me anymore.
- Eddie: No, it matters, and you care. What you mean is it doesn't make any difference!”
“Just because you're talking, that doesn't mean destiny is speaking, Artie.”
“You want me to be kinder! Softer! I say... I say no! Be harder! Be a rock. Or polyurethane! I say, be a thing and live.”
“I am my own biggest distraction.”
“I lie to myself. I'm a really great liar. And I'm very gullible.”
“It's not like anybody knows what anything means, right? It's not like anybody knows that. So at least I know I don't know what I mean, which is better than most people. They probably think they know what they mean, not just what they think they mean.”
“- Eddie: Just because you're Jewish, doesn't mean you're fucking Freud.
- Artie: Just because you're whatever the fuck you are, doesn't mean you're whatever the fuck you think you are.”