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Come Together (DVD Review)

7 Jul, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 7/13/10
$24.99 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Vanessa Gomez, Jen Kim, Cooney Horvath, Marisa Sullivan, Mark Strano, Spencer Ryan.

It’s difficult to forget the violent aftermath that followed the April 29, 1992, acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers accused in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King. Six days of riots resulted in more than $1 billion in property damage, with the mayor imposing a dawn-to-dusk curfew throughout the city.

Against this sobering backdrop, seven twentysomethings sequester themselves in one of their (conveniently-out-of-town) parent’s Hollywood Hills home to self-indulge in sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

The low-budget Come Together finds wannabe rocker Seth (Cooney Horvath) stuck at the home of ex-girlfriend Angelina (Vanessa Gomez) with collective friends, who include Robert, a drugged-out effeminate Elton John protégé; beefcake Jeremy (Spencer Ryan) seeking (half-heartedly) to make a video about the riot’s effect on the group; and Angelina’s promiscuous best friend Susan (Marisa Sullivan), among others.

Despite intermittent references to the breakdown in social order happening down the hill, the housemates, in no particular order, frolic in the pool, play strip poker, snort lines of coke, fiddle with AV equipment and have more sex.

“I think the riots are a major inconvenience,” whines Seth, underscoring perhaps why the film’s creators erred in not making him (and the other characters) instead victim to a wayward homicidal madman unhinged by the burgeoning mayhem enveloping the city — Helter Skelter meets Nightmare on Elm Street, if you will.

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