The protagonist of Roman Coppola’s visually snazzy comedy “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” tools around Hollywood in a vintage Cadillac, one side of which is painted with fried eggs, the other with strips of bacon. The character, a wildly successful graphic designer, is inspired partly by Charles White III, the renowned airbrush illustrator much admired for his album covers of the 1970s. The other inspiration is the louche reputation, as well as the name, of the movie’s star, Charlie Sheen, who looks much the worse for wear.
Slouching through the film in sunglasses, a cigarette dangling from his lizardy lips, this blasé, reptilian Hugh Hefner manqué is smarting from the rejection of his true love, Ivana (Katheryn Winnick). A pouty, blonde aspiring actress, Ivana walked out on him after discovering a cache of pornographic snapshots of his ex-girlfriends.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind
of Charles Swan III
Not rated: Adult themes
Running time: 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Now showing: Area theaters