Inside Out (2011 film)
|Directed by||Artie Mandelberg|
|Produced by||Nancy Hirami
|Screenplay by||Dylan Schaffer|
|Starring||Paul "Triple H" Levesque
|Music by||Jim Johnston|
|Edited by||Jerry U. Frizell|
|Distributed by||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
Inside Out is a 2011 crime-drama film directed by Artie Mandelberg. The film features professional wrestler Triple H (credited as Paul "Triple H" Levesque), Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey, Julie White, Michael Cudlitz and Bruce Dern. The project was the cinematic feature film debut for director Artie Mandelberg, whose television credits include Saving Grace and CSI: Miami. The film was released on September 9, 2011.
A.J., an ex-con who served 13 years in Angola for manslaughter, returns home to New Orleans and fights to protect the woman he loves and her young daughter from his dangerous former best friend. In better times, AJ (Triple H) would have done anything to protect his best friend, Jack (Michael Rapaport), a two-bit gangster and the son of Dr. Vic (Bruce Dern) -- the city's toughest crime boss. While A.J. is in prison, Jack marries Claire (Parker Posey), the love of AJ's life, and together they raise a daughter, Pepper (Juliette Goglia). Pepper is A.J.'s daughter, a fact known to Jack, but Jack pretends to be her biological father. The day Jack picks up AJ from prison, the short-fused thug gets an itchy trigger finger that could land his buddy right back behind bars. The situation grows increasingly tense as Dr. Vic attempts to handle the situation quietly as he comes under investigation by the Louisiana Tax Board agent Martha (Julie White) for dealing in untaxed cigarettes. When Jack flees and Dr. Vic decides that the only way to get the job done right is to do it himself, A.J. realizes that Claire and Pepper are in mortal danger, and races to their rescue.
- Paul "Triple H" Levesque as Arlo Jayne (A.J.)
- Michael Rapaport as Jack Small
- Parker Posey as Claire Small
- Michael Cudlitz as Detective Calgrove
- Julie White as Martha
- Bruce Dern as Vic Small
- Logan Douglas Smith as Vic Small's Attorney
- Jency Griffin as Irena
- Juliette Goglia as Pepper Small
- Patricia French as Elizabeth
- Lance E. Nichols as Tax Man # 3
- J.D. Evermore as Baxter
- James DuMont as Carlo Genova
- Emily D. Haley as Office Accountant
- Grant James as Elizabeth's Father
- Juli Erikson as Carlo's Mother
- Alec Rayme as Goran
The film received generally negative reviews from critics. On the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, Inside Out has a 25% approval rating based on 12 reviews and on Metacritic has received a score of 28/100 based on 8 reviews. Writing for The New York Times, Daniel M. Gold described the plot as "a tangle of dithering storylines" and Levesque's acting as "inert". The New York Post's Lou Lumenick derided Inside Out as "nonsensical, thickly plotted gumbo" which he found to be unintentionally funnier than Levesque's other starring role in the comedy film The Chaperone. However, Eric Hynes of The Village Voice was more positive, praising the film as a "meandering, eccentric, downright adorable existential crime yarn", while noting that Levesque's performance was closer to "a steroidal Steven Seagal" than "Hackman or Cagney".
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- "Inside Out (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- "Inside Out: Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- Lumenick, Lou (9 September 2011). "Inside Out Movie Review". New York Post. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- Hynes, Eric (7 September 2011). "Don't Judge a Movie By Its WWE Affiliation: The Pulpy Surprise of Inside Out". The Village Voice. Retrieved 5 June 2012.