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'Human Traffic'

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 12, 2000


    'Human Traffic' Shaun Parkes and John Simm in "Human Traffic." (Miramax)
I'd rather sit in bumper-to-bumper hell on I-495 for two hours than get caught in "Traffic" again. Filmmaking newcomer (and hopefully out-goer) Justin Kerrigan's obscenity-as-humor comedy is about a tiresome circle of Cardiff (as in Wales) kids getting high on Ecstasy and going clubbing on weekends so they can forget about their dead-end Mcjobs. Unfortunately, we are not supplied with Ecstasy so we can forget about them.

Instead, we're forced to tag along with narrator/principal idiot Jip (an especially unremarkable John Simm), whose sexual-performance problem is straightforwardly linked to the fact that his mother is a hooker. We're also supposed to be surprised when he learns that his best pal, LuLu (Lorraine Pilkington) is emerging as his true love. Perhaps aware his story lacks substance, Kerrigan throws in some hyperactive misfits, including Jip's lively friend Koop (Shaun Parkes), a DJ who is insanely jealous of his extremely dull girlfriend, and Moff (Danny Dyer), an aggressive cockney given to masturbation and maniacal riffing. They don't help.

HUMAN TRAFFIC (R, 84 minutes) – Contains relentless obscenity, sexual situations.


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