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The Informers (2009)

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Critic Consensus: As miserable and insipid as its protagonists, The Informers fails to provide anything to think about after the sheen of fake blond is gone.

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A collection of Bret Easton Ellis' short stories are adapted for the screen by Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and helmed by Gregor Jordan in The Informers, a Senator Entertainment ensemble film featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, and Winona Ryder. The film observes the goings-on during a week in Los Angeles in 1983, with many intersecting characters including a kidnapper, movie executives, rock stars, and other freewheeling, morally loose individuals. Austin Nichols, Jon Foster, and Amber Heard co-star.

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Cast

Billy Bob Thornton
as William Sloan
Kim Basinger
as Laura Sloan
Winona Ryder
as Cheryl Moore
Jon Foster
as Graham Sloan
Amber Heard
as Christie
Mel Raido
as Bryan Metro
German Tripel
as Bryan's Guitarist
Suzanne Ford
as Bruce's Mother
Cameron Goodman
as Susan Sloan
Chris Isaak
as Les Price
Diego Leske
as Gary Gray
Brady Matthews
as Maitre D'
Jeannette O'Connor
as Canter's Waitress
Simone Kessell
as Nina Metro
Milena Arango
as Miss Nebraska
Victor McLaglen
as Gypo Nolan
Heather Angel
as Mary McPhillip
Preston S. Foster
as Dan Gallagher
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Critic Reviews for The Informers

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (38)

Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, The Informers is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel--and an accurate look at early '80s-era Los Angeles.

September 1, 2009
Top Critic

It has a good cast and a terrific 1980s soundtrack (Devo, Simple Minds), but it also has the superficiality of a TV soap. The Informers is not so bad that you can't sit back and enjoy it, but nor is it good enough to go and see.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Directed by Gregor Jordan, Ellis's aimlessly dissolute collection of stories just doesn't hang together as a coherent whole.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is a weird, almost comic absence of insight and perspective here. But it is a joke without humour and without a punchline.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This self-penned adaptation of his 1994 short story collection - a period piece set in 1983 Los Angeles - has supposedly been cut to ribbons, and it shows.

July 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Informers

½

Criminally underrated.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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½

Great performances in a desolate story by Bret Easton Ellis about moral decay amidst society glamour in the Los Angeles of 1983, showing rich people living of sex, drugs, power, wealth and fame, and the misery of their lives.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"The Informers" is not so much a movie as it is a series of uneventful (and unconnected) scenes in which a bunch of unlikeable characters do drugs and have sex. What fun! If I must call it a film, it's the most shallow, dull and annoying one I've seen in ages. I can't beleive that so much acting talent is present in such trash. Avoid this like the plague.

Michael S
Michael S

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