Rockwell’s 1994 followup, Somebody To Love is also some kind of wonderful .
The appeal of Somebody To Love will probably hinge on your taste for the star Rosie Perez. Perez can be a tad shrill and brash and, of course, I like her very much but I can see how she could have the same affect on someone as, say, Jack Black has on me.
Perez plays Mercedes, a wannabe actress whose career is getting nowhere slowly. Her boyfriend is a has-been TV actor, played brilliantly by Harvey Keitel, (there’s an hilarious scene where he’s drunk and tries to recite Hamlet’s soliloquy wearing leopard skin undies!)who is married and treats her like crap.
But Mercedes has an admirer . Ernesto (Micael De Lorenzo from Fame) is a good looking nice guy who, of course, Mercedes rejects because he can’t dance and doesn’t have any money.
This is a sometimes shambolic and very human film full of humour, tenderness and quirky moments. The splendid cast includes Anthony Quinn, Stanley Tucci and Steve Busecemi (who plays a transvestite) and there are some very nice cameos from Eddie Bunker, Sam Fuller and Quentin Tarantino too.