Sundance Review: Delirious
by Alex Billington
January 20, 2007
Delirious, the latest film directed by Sundance regular Tom DiCillo, presents a quite entertaining dramedy about a homeless kid named Toby (Michael Pitt) who starts working as an unpaid assistant for a paparazzi (Steve Buscemi) and begins to fall in love with the celebrity pop star musician Kharma (Alison Lohman). Delirious is a fairy tale of sorts, all about this kid with nothing who moves all the way up to celebrity status because of his infatuation with this girl. It borders on the edge of being almost unbelievable and possibly campy, but somehow DiCillo pulls it off and maintains the hilarity.
Delirious has a lot of quality filling in its story, but not much depth to it, just leaving the comedy and performances on the surface. It has some truly touching moments that are interspersed between this very unique and quite enjoyable comedy. A perfect cast and great script are other positives. Buscemi himself is the one who builds the heart of this great film. It did seem a bit long and could be brushed up for content before an official release, but despite that gripe it builds itself into a great spectacle over the length with a wonderful ending. I hope this one is picked up as it certainly needs to be.
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