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Shot in Chicago, this dark musical centers on a troubled and beguilingly fragile young guy (Graham Jenkins) who drifts into a life of horrific crime. After aiding a murderer, he copes with his guilt and loneliness by harming those close to him and occasionally lip-synching to torch songs performed by a talented Tom Waits impersonator. Director Julian Grant delivers a pastiche of gritty visual styles that’s likable for the first half hour, while the movie is still in Urban Cowboy-meets-Midnight Cowboy territory. Once the kid snaps and begins bashing gay men, his endearing voice-over narration becomes foul, unthinkingly violent, and metaphorically overdetermined–as does the whole movie.