Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities
Based on a three-character, one-act play, Tape is set entirely in Room 19 of a seedy motel in Lansing, Michigan USA, rented by Vince (Ethan Hawke), an ill-tempered, outgoing party animal/drug dealer who's visited by his old high school friend Jon (Robert Sean Leonard), a filmmaker.
They pass the time reminiscing about the good old times which take a turn when Vince records their conversation, with Jon admitting to a possible date-rape of Vince's old girlfriend Amy (Uma Thurman), who later shows up and opens up a new wave of talk and arguments about whose story is fact or fabricated.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film drama rape friend motel drug dealer filmmaker girlfriend
Persons of interest
- Ethan Hawke .... Vin
- Robert Sean Leonard .... Jon Salter
- Uma Thurman .... Amy Randall
- Stephen Belber .... Playwright
- Stephen Belber .... Screenwriter
- Richard Linklater .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Tape QuickTime movie trailers
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
First, my bona fides:
- I haven't raped anyone, date or otherwise.
- I haven't been raped. Sexually harassed but not raped.
- I have never had a girlfriend who has been raped.
- I have never had a friend who raped anyone.
- I have never had a best friend who raped my ex-girlfriend.
- I have never known anyone who has been raped.
Third, director Richard Linklater tries too hard. If he weren't already a "successful" independent filmmaker I would accuse him of trying to make a film for his showreel. However, he is a "successful" independent filmmaker so I shall only accuse him of being wanky. His camera work is deliberately "bad" so as to make the film look more gritty: it doesn't work. It just looks amateurish.
Waking life it isn't but the accessibility of the characters provided by both script and actors gives it the extra points.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Languages: English
- Special features:
- Biographies: Cast and crew
- Trailers: Theatrical
Security censorship classification
MA 15 + (Adult themes, drug use)
85 minutes (1:25 hours)