Who's in It:
Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Kip Pardue, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Renner, Jeremy Sisto
The Basics: Doing a seriously spooky Courtney Love impersonation, Argento plays Druggy Hooker Mom to a boy named Jeremiah (Bennett, and later in the film the Sprouse twins from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), whom she drags along from crack houses to truck stops, meeting violent and sexually abusive men along the way. Doesn't this sound fun?
What's the Deal? It's a one-note movie that goes nowhere. The moral being: Hell is for children. Especially for this particular child, who meets the grim fate of being molested by, of all people, Marilyn Manson. Without his makeup. Have you ever seen Marilyn Manson out of his alien costumes and face paint? It ain't cute.
Hoax Update! OK, so this movie is based on the book of the same name by "J.T. LeRoy," who claimed to be a transgendered, HIV-positive former teen prostitute. Except J.T. LeRoy never existed. He was made up by a musician named Laura Albert in an elaborate hoax that duped tons of people; she was recently outed by New York Magazine as a literary con artist. So when you see the words "based on a true story" anywhere near it, you can just discard them.
Hoax Update, Part 2! And if the New York Post's Page Six is to be believed, there's even speculation that co-star Winona Ryder was clued in to the fakeness of J.T., based on a story she once told in an interview about a chance meeting she had with him. But who knows. It all just gets weirder and weirder.
Besides Marilyn Manson, Here Are Some Underground and Not-So-Underground Musicians Involved in the Movie: Lydia Lunch, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, bizarre rockabilly legend Hasil Adkins. Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Billy Corgan did the score.