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The Informers

Gregor Jordan's multi-stranded drama of 80s excess is based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis. Among the ensemble cast are Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton, Winona Ryder, Mickey O'Rourke and Rhys Ifans.

The various elements of the plot are loosely held together by the story of an English band (The Informers of the title), managed by Rhys Ifans, whose tour has landed them in Los Angeles.

But the real narrative unfolds around Graham (John Foster), his friend Martin (Austin Nichols) and Graham's girlfriend Christie (Amber Heard), and the various people they are sleeping or taking drugs with.

In fact, the entire movie seems to function as a kind of sexual vortex, with any character appearing in it seemingly likely to be drawn inexorably to bed any of the other characters at some point.

Against this hedonistic backdrop, there's also a plotline following the ultra-sleazy child-kidnapping Peter (O'Rourke), uncle of Jack (Brad Renfro), who is the doorman at Christie's apartment.

The Informers synopsis

A bunch of wealthy Los Angelinos crash and burn spectacularly in a miasma of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in early 1980s California

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