Daily Arts Writer
It's absolutely impossible to tell the
plot of "The Last Supper" without mak-
ing it sound sillier than it is, but here
goes: It's about a group of liberal grad
students who invite ultra-conservatives
to dinner and kill them. As it is, howev-
er, "The Last Supper" is political satire
at its best. With an outlandish premise
hat neatly exposes quite real issues, it's
a "New Yorker" cartoon of a movie,
smart enough to leave a part of the audi-
ence shrugging helplessly while the rest
serves up New Yorker-esque comedy
ver who picked him up after his car died conceived subplots: one concernsa
B..EVIEI W on a freeway. In a matter of five min- female sheriff investigating a kidnapping
(d1 The Last Supper utes, the trucker reveals himself as an and the authors have neither the time no
Directed by Stacey Title ignorant fascist. He is, by the way, desire to make us care about her; anothe
Wth Cameron Diaz and Courtney played by Bill Paxton, currently seen one is about how all the killing is sup
At stare chasing tornadoes in "Twister," in a posed to revive the characters' sexua
***f remarkable performance that transcends lives (or mess them up; it's never quit
are rolling in the aisles. its cameo status. Paxton's Zack sheds clear). In its very end, however, "The Las
The story, which unfolds almost layer after layer of sanity with each line Supper" finds strength to throw in at
exclusively in a house rented by the five (did I mention the dialogue is terrific appropriately bizarre plot twist that com
liberal buddies, starts out in innocent even as written?), and when he finally pensates for the sagging narrative.
banter and winds up in a swirl of pulls a knife on the host, we almost Make no mistake, nobody would eve
dementia. On a rainy night, one of the expect it. In the ensuing squabble, Zack confuse "The Last Supper" with a wor
students brings home Zack, a truck dri- ends up being stabbed. Nobody seems of art; but for what it is, it's damn nea
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Cameron Diaz stars in "The Last Supper."
perfect. Looking for something bigger
in this clever, punchy, pocket-sized
movie would be like criticizing bvsh-
strokes, shadows and perspective in
anything signed "Gary Larson."
George Duke brings jazz to the Fox-
too willing to go to jail for murdering a
neo-Nazi psycho, and so a new tomato
patch appears in the backyard.
From there, it's only a matter of
time before the friends cope with the
shock, admit certain pleasure and a
sense of fulfillment in ridding the
world of the scumbag, and finally turn
the incident into a weekly practice. It's
another minor triumph of screenwrit-
ing, acting and staging that this esca-
lation from "purely hypothetical"
murder fantasy to demented resolve
seems quite plausible.
As the weeks flash before our eyes, the
movie is at its most wickedly energetic.
There's a couple of celebrity cameos that
put "Blue In The Face" to shame; espe-
cially memorable is TV's Jason
Alexander as an "anti-Earth" activist
("Spotted owl's time is up, hasta la vista,
baby!"). The time passes, though, and the
task of eliminating right-wingers from
the face of the Earth proves too much for
the friends - and for the movie as a
whole. In its third quarter, "The Last
Supper" starts visibly running out of
steam. It tries to develop a couple of ill-
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stage at the Fox Theater and turn their audience out. Their tag-team musical effort,
better known as the Clarke/Duke Project, is guaranteed to take you to the great-
est heights and the richest depths of this musical genre's greatness.
R&B mistress Rachelie Ferrell, who released a jazz album, "First Instrumental"
(Blue Note), last year, appears also as the night's special guest. Her amazingly pow-
erful singing and musical soul immediately summon visions of Patti LaBelle, the
queen diva herself. Ferrell's voice, combined with some of the most unforgettable
facial contortions you'll ever watch a singer make, will definitely add the fire of a
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