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Darren, a poolman in LA, uncovers corruption with friends to save his city.


Why watch this film?

Directorial feature debut of Chris Pine (Star Trek), Poolman is the story of a pool cleaner who inexplicably finds himself embroiled in an investigation that ties him to corrupt politicians and criminals in Los Angeles, revealing truths about his beloved hometown—and about himself. Despite great performances from a cast including Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Jason Leigh, DeWanda Wise, and John Ortiz, the film has been panned by critics, and not without reason: the script is somewhat chaotic and inconsistent in tone, but Pine manages to make something fun out of the movie. A potential cult classic.



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Plot summary

Poolman tells the story of Darren Barrenman (Chris Pine), a native Los Angeleno who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block and fighting to make his hometown a better place to live. When he is tasked by a femme fatale to uncover the truth behind a shady business deal, Darren enlists the help of his friends to take on a corrupt politician and a greedy land developer. His investigation reveals a hidden truth about his beloved city and himself. The film also stars Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Jason Leigh, DeWanda Wise, Stephen Tobolowsky, Clancy Brown, John Ortiz and Ray Wise.

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