If the down-and-out world of flophouses and skid-row bars through which alcoholic lovebirds Eddie and Maureen (Sean Penn and Robin Wright) stumble in a soused haze seems strictly out of the past, it's because the late John Cassavetes wrote this script back in the
golden age of seedy dives. And if son Nick's adaptation isn't in the same league with FACES or A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, he also can't be accused of dropping the ball: He's just not experienced enough to overcome the structural weaknesses of a sporadically brilliant piece of writing. With Eddie
off on a three-day bender, pregnant Maureen cozies up to seedy neighbor Kiefer (James Gandolfini) in hopes of ...