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‘My Life’s in Turnaround’ (NR)

By Joe Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
July 22, 1994

"My Life's in Turnaround" is subtitled "Based on a True Story." But "Story" may be a bit of an overstatement for this endearingly lackadaisical, merrily aimless little movie, which is about, well, the making of itself.

Co-producers-writers-directors-stars Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward join such media-made duh-namic duos as Wayne and Garth, Ren & Stimpy, and Sirajul and Mujabar. Icons of modern immaturity, they play Splick and Jason, thinly veiled versions of themselves, two going-nowhere guys in New York.

Splick drives a cab (a roving platform for his outrageous passes at outlandishly beautiful women, who more often than not spit in his face) and Jason tends bar, followed around by a harem of underage models. After a concerned friend upbraids them for their lack of focus, they decide to get serious.

"Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, Matty Rich, Whit Stillman, Hal Hartman, the 'Slacker' guy . . ." says Jason, incanting a litany of independent filmmakers. "Don't you get it? We are gonna make a movie."

They have no script, no stars, no money and nothing to say, of course. But hey, don't sweat the small stuff, right? They attempt to "take meetings" with producers and directors, but their fly-by-night, not-even-half-baked pitches close a lot of doors. Then they meet Phoebe Cates in a cab, and Martha Plimpton in a cafe. (Hey, it could happen.) Splick learns to spout half-digested industry jargon and air-kiss with a smug "b'bye," Jason picks up his psychiatrist's daughter, and somehow "My Life's in Turnaround" gets made. That it turned out to be as entertaining as it is seems a happy accident.

MY LIFE'S IN TURNAROUND (Not rated) -- Contains adult themes and language.

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