Burning Palms (film)

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Burning Palms
Burning Palms Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChristopher B. Landon
Produced byOren Segal
Steven Prince
Jason Hewitt
Tyler Thompson
Vince Morella
Naz Jafri
Written byChristopher B. Landon
StarringDylan McDermott
Shannen Doherty
Zoe Saldana
Lake Bell
Nick Stahl
Paz Vega
Music byMike Desmond[1]
CinematographySeamus Tierney
Edited byGregory Plotkin
Distributed byFilms In Motion
Release date
  • April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23) (Newport Beach)
  • January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14) (United States:limited)
CountryUnited States
Budget$5,000,000 - $5,800,000
Box office$3,271,000[2]

Burning Palms is a 2010 American satirical thriller film based on Los Angeles stereotypes told through five intertwining storylines. The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter Christopher B. Landon.[3][4]


The film explores satires of Angeleno stereotypes, which are told through five interlacing stories.[3][4] The five intertwining segments are based on popular stereotypes of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Westwood and Holmby Hills.[4] Each of the characters in the film confronts taboos and an uncertain, often darkly humorous, fate.[4] Producer Oren Segal likens the film to "a John Waters version of Short Cuts",[4] a 1993 drama film directed by Robert Altman.


The Green-Eyed Monster

Dedra Davenport (Rosamund Pike) meets Chloe, the 15-year-old daughter (Emily Meade) of her fiancé Dennis (Dylan McDermott) for the very first time. However, she is soon disturbed by how close father and daughter are, committing suicide by cutting her veins just like Chloe's mother, feeling herself shut out and betrayed by the unhealthy close and bordering on incestuous relationship between the two.

This Little Piggy

Ginny Bai (Jamie Chung) agrees to participate in an unconventional sex act with her boyfriend Chad Bower (Robert Hoffman). Soon after she begins to slowly lose her mind when she cannot seem to get rid of an odd smell from her finger.

Buyer's Remorse

A rich and well-recognized West Hollywood gay couple (Peter Macdissi and Anson Mount) decide to adopt a seven-year-old African girl (Tiara McKinney). They prove to be mentally unprepared for the challenges and risks involved in parenthood, especially since she is a decided mute who refuses to speak to them, and abandon her.

Kangaroo Court

A group of bullying, bratty boys, cared for by an irresponsible nanny (Lake Bell) are puzzled by their maid (Paz Vega) keeping the umbilical cord of her dead child and eventually discover that the maid murdered her own child to punish her boyfriend for infidelity.


An unidentified man (Nick Stahl) breaks into the apartment of meek woman Sarah Cotton (Zoe Saldana), and rapes her. Sometime later she finds the man's wallet and is able to track him down and approaches him, wanting him to rape her again.



Palms was scripted by Christopher B. Landon, who also wrote the 2007 thriller Disturbia. Palms will also mark Landon's directorial debut.[4]

Media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide reported that the ensemble-driven indie feature will star Shannen Doherty and Dylan McDermott as well as Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega, Adriana Barraza, Colleen Camp, Jamie Chung, Robert Hoffman, Peter Macdissi, Emily Meade, Anson Mount, Rosamund Pike, Austin Williams, Chandler George Brown, and Tom Wright.[3]

The film was shot in Los Angeles, California and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[3] Oren Segal, Steven Prince and Jason Hewitt produced the film, and Tyler Thompson, Vince Morella and Naz Jafri were executive producers.[4]


Critical response[edit]

To date, the critical reception for the film has been largely negative. One critic described the film as being "one of the most offensive movies I’ve seen in the past decade", going on to say:

Andrew Schenker of Slant magazine gave the film just half of one star out of a possible four. Writing of the film:

Gabe Callahan, of Poptimal.com, pointed out his theories as to why the film was such a disappointment:

Peter Debruge also denounced the film in Variety:

The film currently only holds a 33% rating on Metacritic,[9] and a 29% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[10]


  1. ^ Grierson, Tim. "Burning Palms". www.screendaily.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Burning Palms". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c d "Shannen Doherty, Dylan McDermott Join Burning Palms Ensemble Film". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2008-10-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Ensemble assembles for 'Burning Palms'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  5. ^ "Review: Burning Palms". Filmonic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  6. ^ Schenker, Andrew (2011-01-09). "Burning Palms | Film Review". Slant. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  7. ^ Callahan, Gabe (2011-01-17). "Burning Palms Movie Review" Archived January 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Poptimal.com. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
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  9. ^ "Burning Palms Reviews, Ratings, Credits". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  10. ^ "Burning Palms Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-06-11.

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