Mojave Phone Booth

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At a mystical, bullet-strewn outpost in the heart of the Mojave Desert, four disparate working-class people from the streets of Las Vegas will find their lives forever changed. Few normal people would expect to find an abandoned phone booth in the middle of the desert, yet for some of the more eccentric travelers, it's actually the entire reason for their journey. The myth of this phone booth was born on the Internet. Windows smashed and covered in graffiti, the lonely booth sets at the end of a long stretch of road surrounded by nothingness for hundreds of miles. But it still functions, and there's always the prospect that at any moment, the telephone may unexpectedly come alive with the sound of a ring. The callers phone in from all corners of the country, and the occupant inside never knows what interesting conversation could await them. Now, as four lonely strangers set up camp near this abandoned phone booth, they are all about to discover that they are better connected to the outside world than they ever imagined. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Aug 06, 2011
    Four interconnected stories all revolving around a phone booth out in the middle of the desert. A mysterious voice offers advice to these people who are all at the end of their ropes somehow. Not a waste of time, but not worth recommending to others, either.
    Derek D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/mojave-phone-booth-14027764"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/14/02/77/14027764_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <B><I>MOJAVE PHONE BOOTH</I> (2006) </B> Independent WRITTEN BY: Jerry Rapp DIRECTED BY: John Putch FEATURING: Annabeth Gish, Steve Guttenberg, Christine Elise, Tinarie Van Wyk-Loots, Robert Romanus, David DeLuise, Missi Pyle, Kevin Rahm, and Larry Poindexter GENRE: <B>DRAMA</B> TAGS: quirky, dry, semi-chick flick <B>PLOT:</B> Four disparate people are drawn to an enigmatic voice on the other end of the line at an isolated. Mojave desert phone booth . COMMENTS: Four slice-of-life interpersonal vignettes weave together when their protagonists seek counseling from a mysterious woman who they can only contact through a land-line at a desolate desert pay phone. A lonely girl tries to choose between two suitors, until she discovers one's obsession has led him to invade her privacy using unsettling methods; a down-on-her luck clerk attempts a stint as a lesbian Los Vegas prostitute; a lesbian relationship is threatened by a con artist who claims one partner is infected with alien parasites; a disillusioned blackjack dealer struggles to salvage his marriage before attempting suicide. In each tale, the central character confides in a mysterious voice at the other end of the line who can only be reached via a vandalized phone booth relegated to a back road in the Mojave desert. The stories are strangely compelling, yet also inexplicably dull. This is not to say they are tedious, however they lack a certain luster that should have been there, given their interesting plots, but for some puzzling reason, just wasn't. The umbrella premise offers the likelihood of a dramatic twist that fails to materialize. Slow, but cute, <I>Mojave Phone Booth</I> doesn't actually <I>promise</I> mystery or intrigue, which is good, because it delivers neither. The film is a thoughtful, soft, nicely related quartet of dramas. The vignettes come together to make an enjoyable movie, despite missing a platinum chance to develop into something delightfully macabre, bizarre and intriguing. I like this movie. It's well made, and it's an appropriate chick flick, (should you need one of those some evening), but the entire time I was dying for some of the more arcane story elements (such as an emphasis on what might be found recorded on mangled magnetic cassette tape discarded along roadsides) to lead to an alien, or a time paradox, a life after death scenario, or something that would make me jump up and yell "Wow!" It never happened, but I had fun seeing <I>Mojave Phone Booth</I> anyway. <I>Mohave Phone Booth</I> is similar to <b><a href="http://www.flixster.com/movie/night-on-earth#!lsrc:GSR-MOV-Title" target="_blank" > <B><I><U>Night On Earth (1991)</U></I></B></a></b>, but while sensitive, stylish, even a little arty, the film somehow lacks the distinctive colorfulness and unique imagination of that earlier effort. There really was a Mojoave Phone Booth, and you can read this <b><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mojave_phone_booth" target="_blank" ><B><I><U>Wikipedia entry on the real-life Mojave Phone Booth</U></I></B></a></b>, or <b><a href="http://deuceofclubs.com/moj/mojave.htm" target="_blank" > <B>click here to see one of many <U><I>websites</I></U> dedicated to the real Mojave Phone Booth.</B> </a></b> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11149361"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/JEmwBwlDPNs/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Mojave Phone Booth</I></a> - trailer</div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/saiontz-and-kirk-14027762"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/14/02/77/14027762_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Saiontz ("Seance") and Kirk</a> </div></div> No phone booth can be made more creepy than the swirling mist-enshrouded roadside pay phone to which an accident victim crawls in this notorious Washington D.C. local TV commercial for Saiontz and Kirk Accident (i.e. ambulance chasing) Attorneys, below. The eerie, distinctive spot still aired on late nite cable as late as 2001 when I was going to HS in Northern VA. It gets better; "Saiontz" is pronounced "<I>Seance</I> and Kirk,'" like an Ouija board. Ha! <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11149360"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Sh21mQNNHec/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Saiontz and Kirk</a> - original TV spot</div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11149362"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Aor3edQpaDk/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">the real Mojave Phone Booth - YouTube video</a> </div></div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2011
    Kind of an interesting movie, but at times worked a little slow for me. I do like when there are several stories and that they somehow are ususally connected by an item. I even read a little history of the actual phone booth, which was interesting as well. But the promise of this moviekind of dropped as it didn't seem to flow the best and sometimes went a little slow. What shouild have been a good watch was a little boring.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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